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Reconstruction for Failed Trapeziometacarpal Implant

Ardouin, Ludovic MD*; Mattelaer, Benjamin MD*,†; Villani, Federico MD*; Vaienti, Luca MD; Merle, Michel MD*

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 4 - p 225–229
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e31821b3afe

Trapeziometacarpal prosthesis by metallic implant is used to treat thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis. Many causes of failure have been described whereas revision techniques still remain a challenging surgery. In this article, we describe a revision strategy in a failed metallic cemented trapeziometacarpal implant with major first metacarpal shortening.

*Institut Européen de la Main—Luxembourg, Hopital Kirchberg—Rue Edward Steichen, Luxembourg

Imelda Ziekenhuis—Service of Orthopedic Surgery Imeldalaan Bonheiden (Antwerp), Belgium

Cattedra di Chirurgia Plastica, Università degli Studi di Milano—U.O. Chirurgia Plastica, Policlinico San Donato, San Donato Milanese, Milano, Italy Piazza Malan, San Donato Milanese, Italy

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ludovic Ardouin, MD, Institut Européen de la Main Hopital Kirchberg - 9, Rue Edward Steichen, L-2540 Luxembourg, Luxembourg. e-mail:

Conflicts of Interest: The authors report no conficts of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.