Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Sep 14, 2023

Nonunion remains the most common major complication of ankle arthrodesis. Although previous studies have reported delayed union or nonunion rates, few have elaborated on the clinical course of patients experiencing delayed union. In this retrospective cohort study, we sought to understand the trajectory of patients with delayed union by determining the rate of clinical success and failure and whether the extent of fusion on computed tomography scan (CT) was associated with outcomes.
In conclusion, we found that 71% of patients with a delayed union at roughly 4 months after ankle fusion required revision or were not satisfied. Patients with less than 25% fusion on CT had an even lower rate of clinical success. These findings may help surgeons in counseling and managing patients experiencing a delayed union after ankle fusion.
Click here to read the article.