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Arthrodesis of the Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint With Plate Fixation

Rao, Sudhir B. MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e318269ff7a

This is a surgical technique for arthrodesis of the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint using a low-profile plate. Using the principles of tension band fixation and interfragmentary compression, a high rate of fusion is achieved with a low incidence of complications. The technique is versatile allowing fixation at any desired position. It can be used in porotic bone and avoids the need for postoperative immobilization.

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Premier Hand Center, Big Rapids, MI

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sudhir B. Rao, MD, Premier Hand Center, 650 Linden Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307. E-mail:

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