We treated 15 patients by arthrodesis of the knee after removal of an infected total knee arthroplasty, using an Ilizarov ring fixator. Eight had a failed arthrodesis by another technique. The mean age of the patients was 75 years, the mean duration of retention of the frame was 28 weeks, the mean treatment time 51 weeks, and the mean follow-up 52 months. All but one knee fused at the first attempt, a rate of union of 93%. The incidence of complications related to treatment was 80%. The length of treatment and rates of complication were attributed to advanced age and the adverse local clinical factors in these patients. The Ilizarov method is a promising technique for achieving arthrodesis under these circumstances.
- Received September 14, 1999.
- Accepted July 20, 2000.
- © 2001 British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery