Small Joint Reconstruction of the Hand

Derek L. Masden, Matthew L. Iorio, James P. Higgins

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Abstract

Pain, loss of motion, and instability in the small joints of the hand can result in debilitating loss of function and deformity. Salvage procedures are considered in the setting of complex nonreconstructable fractures, after failure of initial fracture treatment, and for the treatment of severe joint arthritides. This article reviews the merits of various reconstructive options in these settings and examines the pertinent anatomy, clinical challenges, and risk-benefit profiles of each option. The review is limited to salvage reconstructive procedures of the small joints of the hand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-760
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Arthrodesis of MCPJ
  • Arthrodesis of PIPJ
  • Arthroplasty
  • Posttraumatic osteoarthritis of the MCPJ
  • Posttraumatic osteoarthritis of the PIPJ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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