Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Dec;21(4):240-4.
The use of the 4.5 mm 90° titanium cannulated LC-angled blade plate in tibiotalocalcaneal and complex ankle arthrodesis.
Tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis is used to manage end stage arthritis, often associated with severe bone loss. The goal is to relieve pain through a stable, well-aligned hindfoot and ankle. We describe our initial results and outcome of ankle and tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis using a 90° blade plate.
We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients managed at our institution between 2010 and 2014. Twenty cases were identified who had either talocrural (n = 9) or TTC fusion (n = 11) with 1 patient having both ankle and then TTC fusion in separate sittings.
Fusion occurred in 18 of the 20 cases (90%) with correction of angular deformity and restoration of hindfoot alignment. None of the 18 patients developed complications and all discharged to follow-up when independently mobile and satisfied with the outcome.
This study demonstrated that using a 90° blade plate for ankle or TTC arthrodesis in a diverse group of complex primary and revision indications associated with severe deformity and bone loss resulted in a high rate of bony union and stable deformity correction.