Experience with Navigation in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Is It Worth the Cost?

Christopher W. Reb, Gregory C. Berlet

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Abstract

Optimal placement of correctly sized total ankle replacement (TAR) implants is elemental to prolonging the working life. The negative mechanical effects of implant malalignment are well characterized. There is one FDA-approved navigated TAR system with limited but encouraging outcomes data. Therefore, its value can be estimated only based on benefits other than a proven clinical outcomes improvement over conventional systems. These include unique preoperative planning through 3-dimensional templating and virtual surgery and the patient-specific cut guides, which also reduce overall instrumentation needed for the case. To better inform this conversation, well-observed longitudinal outcomes studies are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-463
Number of pages9
JournalFoot and Ankle Clinics
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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