Total Ankle Total Talus Replacement Using a 3D Printed Talus Component: A Case Report

Craig C. Akoh, Jie Chen, Samuel B. Adams

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The 3D custom total talus replacement is a novel treatment for avascular necrosis of the talus. However, patients who require a total talus replacement often have concomitant degenerative changes to the tibiotalar, subtalar, or talonavicular joints. The combined 3D custom total ankle-total talus replacement (TATTR) is used for patients with an unreconstructable talus and adjacent tibial plafond involvement. The goal of performing a TATTR is to provide pain relief, retain motion at the tibiotalar joint, maintain or improve the patient's functional status, and minimize limb shortening. TATTR is made possible by 3D printing. The advent of 3D printing has allowed for the accurate recreation of the native talar anatomy with a talar dome that can be matched to a total ankle replacement polyethylene bearing. In this article, we will discuss a case of talar avascular necrosis treated with a combined TATTR and review the current literature for TATTR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1306-1312
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D printing
  • 4
  • additive manufacturing
  • ankle replacement
  • avascular necrosis
  • osteonecrosis
  • total talus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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