The biotechnology of hand and wrist implant surgery and rehabilitation

R. H. Gelberman, M. P. Dimick

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The earliest successful implants for restoration, alignment and function of finger joints and the wrist were made of organic silicones. In spite of initial improvement, the longterm complications of fracture, loosening and silicone synovitis have led to a search for better methods. Techniques currently under study are perichondrial grafting, the use of processed carbon implants and continuous passive motion rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue numberSUPPl. 14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


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