The most common indication for arthrodesis of the knee is an infection at the site of a total knee arthroplasty.
Deficiencies in bone stock and poor bone apposition adversely affect the success of a knee arthrodesis.
Arthrodesis of the knee can provide a stable, painless extremity for high-functioning patients who are able to walk.
Patient function after arthrodesis of the knee is superior to that after above-the-knee amputation.
Conversion of a solid knee fusion to a total knee arthroplasty has a substantial complication rate.
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