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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1986 Mar;68(2):266-7.

A simple technique for arthrodesis of the ankle.


We report the results of a simple technique of ankle arthrodesis which is, however, indicated only when the foot can be reduced manually to a functional position. A special milling-cutter with an expulsion piston is used to obtain a cylindrical bone graft which is reintroduced having been reversed from left to right and rotated through 90 degrees. The operation is simple and very rapid. It has been performed on 72 patients, 62 of whom have been followed up for an average of six years. Fifty-seven were painless with bony fusion in a functional position; one was solid and painless but in valgus. In only four patients were the results unsatisfactory.

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