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The Lister’s tubercle trapdoor: a minimally invasive technique for harvesting cancellous bone from the distal radius

  • Mark RossEmail author
  • Jamie McKenzie
  • Gregory Couzens
Technical Note • WRIST - BONE HARVESTING
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Abstract

Bone graft harvest from the distal radius, immediately proximal to the Lister’s tubercle, is a common technique in upper limb surgery. Here, we present a minimally invasive technique to harvest bone graft using a replaceable, well vascularized access trapdoor. The hinged trapdoor technique allows a small incision over Lister’s tubercle and does not violate the fibro-osseous tunnel of the third compartment. Nearby structures like the superficial radial nerve, extensor carpi radialis brevis and extensor pollicis longus are safely protected throughout. Closure of the trapdoor creates a smooth surface and therefore little or no surrounding trauma.

Keywords

Autograft Trapdoor Lister’s tubercle Radius Bone harvest 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute receives funding from Integra Health Sciences, Zimmer Biomet, Newclip Technics, LMT Surgical, DePuy Synthes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research InstituteBrisbane Private HospitalBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.The Princess Alexandra HospitalBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.School of MedicineThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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