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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1988 Jan;70(1):113-6.

The long-term results of ankle arthrodesis.

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University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada.


The results of 62 ankle arthrodeses, mostly performed for osteoarthritis, have been reviewed; of these, 39 were examined clinically and radiographically after an average follow-up period of seven years. Compression arthrodesis was associated with the highest incidence of complications, and an anterior sliding graft gave the most satisfactory results. Very few patients required modification of their footwear; most could walk independently with a slight limp and were able to return to their pre-operative work. However, after operation, the ability to run and to participate in vigorous sporting activities was limited. Complications included wound infection, non-union, and some change in midtarsal mobility, but excellent pain relief was reported by all patients.

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