Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion by Dr. Kevin Lam
Frank discussion about ankle fusion and this technique to achieve such.
Fusion of the ankle can be complicated and difficult to heal from with up to 50% nonunion rates (failed fusion) depending on technique. Arthroscopic fusion is greater than 90% fusion rate according to studies mostly from lack of dissection, keeping nerves and blood supplied intact and mostly the anatomy also is intact during this type of fusion.
With the advent of percutaneous intermedullary rods and external fixation techniques most ankle fusions do not need to be opened.