Knee arthrodesis using an intramedullary nail

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Fifteen knee arthrodeses using an intramedullary nail were performed in 15 patients. Indications included 11 failed total knee arthroplasties (10 of 11 septic). A retrospective review revealed 100% fusion rate. Complications included 4 cases of painful hardware, 1 trochanteric bursitis, and 1 deep infection. Ten patients were available for assessment at 7 years follow-up. Average leg length discrepancy was 3.7 cm. Anatomic axis averaged 1.3° valgus. Flexion angle averaged 3.5°. Compared with age-matched controls, our patients fared significantly worse in physical functioning, physical role, bodily pain, vitality, and social functioning. Arthrodesis of the knee with an intramedullary nail provides a reliable means of fusion with reasonable alignment. These patients have high rates of pain and diminished functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-708
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

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Arthrodesis
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Knee
Bursitis
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Knee Replacement Arthroplasties
Leg
Infection

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Knee arthrodesis using an intramedullary nail. / Crockarell, John; Mihalko, Marc.

In: Journal of Arthroplasty, Vol. 20, No. 6, 01.09.2005, p. 703-708.

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