Total Ankle Arthroplasty: The US Experience

  • Andrew Haskell


Ankle arthritis severely disables those it affects. Most commonly, it presents after ankle trauma, though instability, deformity, and inflammatory arthropathy are other common causes. Quality of life is affected to a degree similar to hip arthritis.1 A variety of surgical treatment options are available including ankle debridement, distraction arthroplasty, interposition arthroplasty, arthrodesis, allograft replacement, and total joint arthroplasty, each with its own limitations and benefits.2 Knowledge of these techniques allows the surgeon to tailor treatment of ankle arthritis based on patient needs, expected benefits, and risks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsPalo Alto Medical FoundationPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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