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Treatment of ankle osteoarthritis: arthrodesis versus total ankle replacement

Abstract

While ankle arthrodesis has remained the gold standard treatment for symptomatic primary, secondary, and posttraumatic ankle arthritis, more recently, total ankle replacement (TAR) has seen considerable improvement in terms of biomechanics, function, and complication rates. However, while in the long-term degeneration of the adjacent joints is almost always found on radiographs after ankle arthrodesis, the longevity of TAR is still insufficient and does not match that of total knee and hip joints. The current review article focuses on the treatment of ankle arthritis by means of arthrodesis and TAR.

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Espinosa, N., Klammer, G. Treatment of ankle osteoarthritis: arthrodesis versus total ankle replacement. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg 36, 525–535 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00068-010-0058-1

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  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankle arthrodesis
  • Total replacement