Wrist arthrodesis using a wrist fusion plate.


Journal Article

All wrist arthrodeses done between 1990 and 1996 using a Synthes wrist fusion plate were reviewed. Independent assessment done by a certified hand therapist included a patient survey, standardized Jebsen-Taylor hand function test and activities of daily living test, and a Buck-Gramcko and Lohmann evaluation. We evaluated 13 wrists in 11 patients. Overall satisfaction was 100% of patients (mean follow-up, 31.5 months; range, 13 to 61 months). Mean preoperative and postoperative pain scores improved from 7.2 to 0.8, respectively, and functional scores improved from 5.0 to a postoperative mean value of 7.4. Jebsen-Taylor scores were virtually identical for fused and uninvolved wrists. There were no pseudarthroses, no plate failures, no tendon ruptures, and no significant postoperative infections; there was a single plate removal because of tenuous skin coverage. Short-term results using a comprehensive assessment of a custom plate designed for wrist arthrodesis show promising clinical outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leversedge, FJ; Seiler, JG; Toye-Vego, M; Fleming, LL

Published Date

  • 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 86 - 92

PubMed ID

  • 10472825

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10472825

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1059-1052


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States