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Arthrodesis: carpus - overview

Introduction

  • To fuse the carpal joint to prevent movement.
2 types
  • Partial carpal arthrodesis Arthrodesis: partial carpal : fusion of the middle carpal and carpometacarpal joints.
  • Pancarpal arthrodesis: fusion of all 3 joint levels.

Uses

Advantages

  • The presence of infection does not obviate the use of this technique.
    Infection must be controlled in conjunction with surgery.
  • Open injuries with extensive bone and soft tisssue loss can be managed after arthrodesis with the use of external fixators.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Li A Gibson N, Carmichael S et al (1999) Thirteen pancarpal arthrodeses using 2.7/3.5 mm hybrid dynamic compression plates. Vet Comp Ortho Traum 12 (3), 102-107 VetMedResource.
  • Willer R L, Johnson K A, Turner T M et al (1990) Partial carpal arthrodesis for third degree carpal strains. Vet Surg 19 (5), 334-340 PubMed.


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