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.
The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, Baltimore, Maryland
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