STAR Total Ankle Replacement: Current Status and Technique


The US Food and Drug Administration approved use of the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) in May 2009. Since that time the surgical technique for installing this new instrumentation has been taught to greater than 400 surgeons. The design of the STAR ankle is identical to the one used in the FDA study from 2000 to 2006, although the technique continues to be refined and the instruments improved. This article provides a brief introduction to total ankle arthroplasty and a detailed technique for the STAR ankle prosthesis to guide the prospective surgeon in the latest technique for implantation.

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