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Knee arthrodesis following prosthesis removal

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Location: http://www.jbjs.org.uk/cgi/reprint/65-B/1/29.pdf

Description: Arthrodesis after the removal of a knee prosthesis is often hampered by the small area of contact of the bony surfaces and by pre-existing infection. Conventional systems of external fixation and compression frequently fail to achieve stability but the addition of the Wagner leg-lengthening apparatus applied anteriorly and adjusted to give compression ensures rigid external fixation. Four knees in four patients were treated using this technique; the treatment followed the removal of infected prostheses in three knees and painful fibrous ankylosis after the removal of the prosthesis in the other. All obtained a sound arthrodesis.
KNEE ARTHRODESIS FOLLOWING PROSTHESIS REMOVAL USE OF THE WAGNER APPARATUS MALCOLM W. FIDLER JBJS B VOL. 65-B. No. I, JANUARY 1983 full text

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Author/Contact: Fidler
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