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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.
An incision will be made over the knee. A small amount of bone from the ends of the thigh bone and top of the lower leg bone will be removed. Other knee joint structures like cartilage and ligaments or knee replacements will be removed. The ends of the bones will be joined together, usually with a bone graft. Metal plates will be screwed into the joined bones.
The incision will be closed. A bandage may be placed over the incision.
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods MD
Last Updated: 6/24/2013
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