Improved function seen after conversion of ankle arthrodesis to total ankle arthroplasty
Investigators of this study found conversion of ankle arthrodesis to total ankle arthroplasty improved function and offered pain relief to most patients at short-term follow-up.
Patients who undergo this surgery frequently require concomitant procedures; we recommend prophylactic malleolar fixation when performing conversion total ankle arthroplasty, the authors wrote. The rate of complications, particularly talar component settling and migration, is cause for concern. We do not recommend the procedure for ankle arthrodeses that included distal fibulectomy.