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TFCC Reattachment After Traumatic DRUJ Instability: A Simple Alternative to Arthroscopic Management

Argintar, Evan MD*; Mantovani, Gustavo MD†,‡; Pavan, Alexandre MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2010 - Volume 14 - Issue 4 - p 226–229
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3181e34fee
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With current trends favoring open reduction with internal fixation for distal radius fractures, distal radius-ulnar joint instabilities that were once clinically silent as a result of prolonged immobilization are now being recognized as a significant cause of morbidity. Arthroscopic management has proven to be both an effective and technically challenging treatment for triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears. TFCC reattachment offers a safe, reproducible means of managing acute posttraumatic distal radioulnar join (DRUJ) instability after distal radius volar plating. With this technique, 30 patients at an average of 43 months were examined for continued DRUJ instability, range of motion, and radiographic evaluation for radius union, posttraumatic DRUJ arthritis, and hardware failure. Postoperative Gartland scores showed 88.6% excellent, 5.7% good, and 5.7% fair results. We conclude TFCC reattachment is a safe and effective alternative for treatment of acute DRUJ instability after open reduction with internal fixation of the distal radius, especially when equipment or experience does not support arthroscopic treatment.

*Georgetown University, Washington DC

Hand Surgery Group, “Faculdade de Medicina do ABC”

São Paulo Hand Center, Hand Surgery Group of “Beneficència Portuguesa de São Paulo” Hospital, São Paulo, Brazil

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Evan Argintar, MD, Georgetown University, 3629 38th Street NW #304, Washington, DC 20016. e-mail: evanargintar@hotmail.com.

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