Niebauer trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty: a long-term follow-up.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A retrospective review of long-term follow-up of Niebauer trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty for treatment of disabling arthritis of the basal joint was performed. Thirty implants in 27 patients were reviewed, with an average follow-up of 9 years (minimum, 4 years). All surgical procedures were performed by the senior author. Eighty-eight percent of the patients were subjectively pleased and would undergo the procedure again. Postoperative subluxation occurred in 83% of the patients. This was not painful unless the prosthesis dislocated. Subluxation increased with time. One case of silicone synovitis necessitated implant removal; however, this was also after removal of a previous Eaton prosthesis. In the light of our results, we believe that the Niebauer trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty is a worthwhile procedure with a rare incidence of particulate synovitis. In 24 of 27 patients, pain was relieved and satisfactory motion and stability were achieved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sotereanos, DG; Taras, J; Urbaniak, JR

Published Date

  • July 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 560 - 564

PubMed ID

  • 8349959

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-5023

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0363-5023(93)90291-A


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States