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Plate Fixation

- Discussion:
  - arthrodesis with plate fixation usually employs two plates;
  - two staggered dynamic compression plates-one placed medially and one placed laterally--are contoured to the knee;
  - twelve-hole plate is recommended;
  - above-the-knee cast is used, with weight-bearing as tolerated, until radiographs show that the arthrodesis site has united

Knee arthrodesis with a tension-band plate

Arthrodesis with dual plates after failed total knee arthroplasty.

Failed total knee arthroplasty treated by arthrodesis of the knee using the Ace-Fischer apparatus.