Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 471, Issue 3, pp 803–813

Surgical Technique: Tibia Cortical Strut Autograft Interposition Arthrodesis After Distal Radius Resection

  • Michiel A. J. van de Sande
  • Niels H. W. van Geldorp
  • P. D. Sander Dijkstra
  • Antonie H. M. Taminiau
Symposium: Papers Presented at the 2011 ISOLS Meeting in Beijing, China

DOI: 10.1007/s11999-012-2555-5

Cite this article as:
van de Sande, M.A.J., van Geldorp, N.H.W., Dijkstra, P.D.S. et al. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2013) 471: 803. doi:10.1007/s11999-012-2555-5

Abstract

Background

Distal radius reconstruction after en bloc tumor resection remains a surgical challenge. Although several surgical techniques, either reconstructing the wrist or achieving a stable arthrodesis, have been described, it is unclear to what degree these restore function.

Description of Technique

We describe an updated technique making use of a tibia cortical strut autograft (TCSA) to perform a functional arthrodesis from the remaining radius to the first carpal row. This, in theory, could lead to less donor site morbidity while resulting in a stable but functional and pain-free arthrodesis of the wrist.

Methods

Between 1987 and 2010 we reconstructed the wrists of 17 patients using a TCSA arthrodesis (six primary and three revisions), seven with an osteoarticular allograft, three using an ulnar translocation, and one with a fibula autograft. Median age at diagnosis was 24 years (range, 9–58 years) and minimum followup was 2.7 years (median, 13.8 years; range, 2.7–24.5 years). Patients were evaluated using radiographs and clinical examination. We used Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS), Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH), and SF-36 questionnaires to assess function and quality of life.

Results

All TCSA reconstructions fused; one patient had a second surgery to expedite union with the carpal row. After osteoarticular allograft, five patients were revised (three to a TCSA) for nonunion, fracture, or joint collapse. ROM and grip strength were comparable in both AO and TCSA, all above 60% of the contralateral side. Median MSTS and DASH scores were 73% and 6, respectively, and did not differ between the groups. The SF-36 scores showed less pain after TCSA; otherwise, all patients presented with comparable function.

Conclusions

TCSA wrist arthrodesis resulted in a functional and painless wrist reconstruction with a relatively low complication and donor site morbidity rate and comparable functional results as other techniques.

Level of Evidence

Level III, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Copyright information

© The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons® 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiel A. J. van de Sande
    • 1
  • Niels H. W. van Geldorp
    • 1
  • P. D. Sander Dijkstra
    • 1
  • Antonie H. M. Taminiau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryLeiden University Medical Center (LUMC)LeidenThe Netherlands