Wrist Arthroscopy

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Radial Styloidectomy

  • David M. KalainovAffiliated withClinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Center for Orthopaedics
  • , Mark S. CohenAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics, Rush Medical Center, Midwest Orthopaedics
  • , Stephanie SweetAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia Hand Center

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Arthroscopic radial styloidectomy is a useful treatment for symptomatic arthritis localized to the distal radioscaphoid articulation, either as an isolated technique or as an adjunct to another carpal procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive with the potential for temporary pain relief and improved hand function. The details of the technique are important to review in order to avoid injury to cutaneous nerves, the dorsal branch of the radial artery, and the palmar radiocarpal ligaments. The bony resection should be limited to 3 mm to 4 mm, preserving the origins of the radioscaphocapitate and long radiolunate ligaments.