Ankle distraction arthroplasty (ADA): A brief review and technical pearls

Published:November 18, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcot.2021.101708

      Abstract

      Ankle distraction arthroplasty (ADA) is a procedure based on the concept that mechanical unloading of an arthritic joint will initiate a healing response in the subchondral bone and articular cartilage. ADA utilizes the patient's own healing response, preserves joint motion, and is a great option for patients with osteoarthritis who are not ready for prosthetic arthroplasty or fusion. The procedure is well described and technically simple and adjunctive biologic therapies are exciting for joint regeneration. Complications are minor, and more serious adverse events are avoidable. Supramalleolar osteotomy pairs well with ankle distraction but requires some analysis and planning.

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