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Osteoarthritis of the Wrist

Cayci, Cenk M.D.; Carlsen, Brian T. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: March 2014 - Volume 133 - Issue 3 - p 605–615
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000438463.90968.d6
Hand/Peripheral Nerve: Original Articles

Summary: This article reviews pathogenesis and treatment of wrist osteoarthritis. Because there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment is directed at symptomatic relief. Surgical treatment is reserved for patients who have failed nonoperative modalities. This article reviews the surgical treatment of wrist osteoarthritis with an emphasis on selection of the appropriate procedure. Literature guiding surgical treatment with patient outcomes is reviewed.

Rochester, Minn.

From Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

Received for publication February 22, 2013; accepted August 13, 2013.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest in any of the products, devices, or drugs mentioned in this article.

Brian T. Carlsen, M.D., Division of Plastic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minn. 55905,

©2014American Society of Plastic Surgeons