In the thirteen cases of resection of the radial head and neck which have been reported, the end results were excellent in one case, good in five cases, fair in four, and poor in three. The production of undesirable conditions at the elbow and at the wrist following this procedure is liable to occur in an appreciable percentage of cases.
The two chief factors which cause disability are bone formation at the operative site and proximal displacement of the radial shaft. These may be prevented or minimized by strict adherence to certain points in the operative technique and postoperative treatment, which the author has stressed.
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