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J Bone Jt Infect. 2016 Mar 15;1:17-19. doi: 10.7150/jbji.13933. eCollection 2016.

Extraction of the Wichita Fusion Nail after Knee Arthrodesis.

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University Hospitals of UZ Pellenberg, KUL, Leuven, Belgium.


To avoid a new exposition and partial damage of a knee arthrodesis site due to the removal of the Wichita fusion nail (WFN), a new extraction technique was developed, using a femoral osteotomy at the proximal end of the nail. Fixing the osteotomy with an Ilizarov frame offered the possibility to perform an additional correction of length and/or alignment if necessary.


Wichita fusion nail; knee arthrodesis

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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