Knee arthrodesis is a procedure that fuses the thigh bone to the lower leg bone at the knee. The joined bones may be secured with plates and screws. This method of support is called internal fixation. It provides support while the bones fuse together.

Your knee will no longer be able to bend after this surgery.

Knee arthrodesis may only be done if all other repair methods are not appropriate or have failed. It may be done:

  • After a failed knee replacement
  • In patients with chronic joint infections that have led to severe knee damage
  • In patients with debilitating pain that cannot be resolved by other treatment options

Knee arthitis
Joint Damage Due to Arthritis
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Arthrodesis may reduce pain and improve overall function. However, it will prevent bending at the knee and will cause a limp.