Wrist fusion versus limited carpal fusion in advanced Kienbock's disease
We treated 18 patients with advanced Kienbock's disease surgically. Six had total wrist fusions and 12 had limited carpal fusions. The average age was 39.6 yrs and the average follow up was 61.8 months and 66.8 months respectively. The visual analogue pain scores, the patient satisfaction scores and the SF 12 were better in the total wrist fusion group. The DASH (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand) scores, the range of movement and the grip strengths were better in the limited carpal fusions group but this was not statistically significant. Four patients with limited carpal fusions had a non-union that required revising. We believe that total wrist fusion should be offered earlier to patients with advanced stages of the disease, as there are less surgical failures, more satisfied patients, better post operative pain scores and consistent long-term results with less potential for further deterioration with time as compared to other treatment methods.
Wrist fusion versus limited carpal fusion in advanced Kienbock's disease.
Tambe AD, Trail IA, Stanley JK.
Int Orthop. 2005 Dec;29(6):355-8.
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Tambe AD, Trail IA, Stanley JK.
Institution: Int Orthop.
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