Can TAA be as successful as THA and TKA?

By Jennie McKee

New designs, improved techniques raising TAA’s profile

When total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) was first introduced in the 1970s, implants had good short-term results; long-term data, however, showed severe problems such as osteolysis, component loosening, impingement, infection, and soft-tissue breakdown. As a result, orthopaedists returned to performing ankle arthrodesis, a procedure that often relieves patients’ pain, but reduces ankle mobility and can lead to malalignment, nonunion, and other complications.

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