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Patient Case History: Daniel

Knee Arthrodesis and Lengthening

Pre-Op

Patient Surgeon: S. Robert Rozbruch
Daniel is a 37 year-old who was in a MVA. He suffered an open knee fracture and dislocation, and the knee became infected. He had stiffness, deformity and shortening of the leg. He was in terrible pain and could not walk. There was drainage from the knee. He had osteomyelitis and septic arthritis of the knee with bone loss and deformity.

daniel, pre-op thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, open knee fracture, infection, deformity, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis
daniel, pre-op thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, open knee fracture, infection, deformity, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis
daniel, pre-op thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, open knee fracture, infection, deformity, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis

Post-Op

He was not a good replacement for joint replacement because of his age and severe infection. We debrided the infected bone, cleared the infection, performed an arthrodesis of the knee and simultaneously lengthened the tibia 4 cm using an Ilizarov frame.

daniel, post-op thumbnail image, limb lengthening, cleaned infection, arthrodesis of the knee, lengthened tibia, ilizarov frame
daniel, post-op thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, cleaned infection, arthrodesis of the knee, lengthened tibia, ilizarov frame

Follow-Up

He is now able to walk without knee pain.

daniel, follow up thumbnail image, limb lengthening, knee arthrodesis, lengthening, deformity corrected
daniel, follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, knee arthrodesis, lengthening, deformity corrected
daniel, follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, knee arthrodesis, lengthening, deformity corrected
daniel, follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, limb lengthening, knee arthrodesis, lengthening, deformity corrected


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