Last updated on February 2018

Total Ankle Replacement Versus Arthrodesis Trial

Brief description of study

The purpose of TARVA is to determine whether Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) provides better clinical outcomes than ankle arthrodesis in patients aged 50-85 years with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis, and compare cost-effectiveness of the two treatments

Detailed Study Description

This is a randomised, multi-centre, non-blinded, prospective, parallel-group trial of TAR versus ankle arthrodesis in patients with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis (OA) aged between 50 and 85 years, comparing clinical outcomes (pain-free function, quality of life (QoL), range of motion (ROM), and rate of post-procedural complications) and cost-effectiveness. TARVA is a clinician-led, pragmatic, superiority trial designed to compare the improvement in pain-free function, as assessed by the Manchester-Oxford Foot Questionnaire (MOXFQ) walking/standing domain score from pre-op to 52 weeks post-op for each surgical treatment group. A total of 328 patients will be randomly allocated on an equal basis to one of two surgical treatments: i) Total Ankle Replacement; and ii) Ankle Arthrodesis. Randomisation will be stratified by surgeon and presence of OA in two adjacent joints as determined by a pre-operative MRI scan.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02128555

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Paul Halliwell

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Guildford, United Kingdom
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