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

Arthrodesis of the Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint With Plate Fixation

Rao, Sudhir B. MD

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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.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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