J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2021 Apr;56(2):183-189. 10.4055/jkoa.2021.56.2.183.

Arthrodesis of the Knee Using a Retrograde Femoral Intramedullary Nail: Technical Report

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea


Arthrodesis is one of the last options available to obtain a stable, painless knee in patients who are unable to undergo reconstructive surgery due to a damaged knee joint. A variety of techniques have been used, including external fixation, internal fixation by compression plates, intramedullary fixation through the knee with a modular nail, and antegrade nailing through the piriformis fossa. Another option is the use of a short nail such as the Neff nail, the Wichita nail, or the Huckstep nail, but there are no commercial short nails available for use in Korea. This technical report describes a technique for knee arthrodesis using a retrograde femoral intramedullary nail.


knee; arthrodesis; retrograde femoral intramedullary nail
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