Use of the taylor spatial frame for arthrodiastasis of the ankle joint

Thomas Zgonis, John J. Stapleton, Thomas S. Roukis

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Ankle joint distraction (arthrodiastasis) is a joint-preserving procedure used to treat patients with severe ankle arthrosis. The concept of joint distraction is fairly new, and the current literature is limited in regards to this surgical technique. Irrespective of its infancy, joint distraction has demonstrated substantial results in the treatment of severe ankle arthrosis. Clinical studies have demonstrated that ankle arthrodiastasis can provide substantial pain relief, improved function, and delay the need for ankle arthrodesis. The concept of ankle arthrodiastasis replacing or delaying the need for ankle arthrodesis while preserving motion lends considerable clinical appeal to the patient and surgeon. The scientific literature describes ankle joint distraction using an Ilizarov apparatus. This article describes for the first time the technique for ankle arthrodiastasis using a Taylor spatial frame. The authors believe that the procedure is minimally invasive and offers the surgeon the ability to easily achieve accurate distraction during the intraoperative and postoperative course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-207
Number of pages7
JournalTechniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Ankle arthrodiastasis
  • Ankle arthrosis
  • Ilizarov external fixation
  • Posttraumatic arthrosis
  • Taylor spatial frame

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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