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Sauvé-Kapandji Procedure

Slater, Robert R Jr. MD, FACS

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery:

The Sauvé-Kapandji procedure is a method of treating a variety of pathologic conditions that alter normal function of the distal radioulnar joint. An arthrodesis is performed between the ulnar head and sigmoid fossa of the distal radius along with creation of a soft tissue interposition pseudarthrosis just proximal to the fusion site that preserves forearm rotation. This article summarizes the history of the procedure, the current preferred method for performing the procedure to achieve optimum results, and the latest literature on the distal radioulnar joint relevant to the procedure.

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Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA.

Correspondence to Robert R. Slater, Jr., MD, FACS, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Permanente Medical Group, 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661, USA. E-mail:

This article was originally published in Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. It is reprinted here as a service to our readers. Slater Jr. Robert R. Sauvé-Kapandji procedure. Curr Opin Orthop 2003;14:2153-221.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.