Capitolunate arthrodesis with scaphoid and triquetrum excision

James H. Calandruccio, Richard H. Gelberman, Scott F.M. Duncan, Charles A. Goldfarb, Robert Pae, William Gramig

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A retrospective two-center outcome study was designed to evaluate the results of capitolunate arthrodesis with scaphoid and triquetrum excision mainly for scapholunate advanced collapse patterns of arthritis. Fourteen wrists in 14 patients were evaluated objectively by standard parameters and subjectively by the Short Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment at an average of 28 months after surgery (range, 14-51 months). All patients were men between the ages of 20 and 70 years (average, 49 years). Two patients had a painful nonunion and one had persistent pain despite conversion to a solid wrist arthrodesis. One patient had x-ray evidence of progressive radiolunate narrowing, but only occasional pain. Postoperative wrist flexion-extension arc was 53°and radioulnar deviation arc was 18°. Grip and pinch strengths were 71% and 75%, respectively, of the normal contralateral wrist. The results of our study indicate that capitolunate arthrodesis with scaphoid and triquetrum excision is comparable to other motion-preserving operative procedures for scapholunate advance collapse. Copyright (C) 2000 by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-832
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • Intercarpal arthrodesis
  • Wrist


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