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A new technique of reattachment after traumatic avulsion of the TFCC at its ulnar insertion

G R Sennwald, M Lauterburg & Vilijam Zdravkovic

abstract One female and seven male patients (median age 25.5) presented with traumatic avulsion of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), type 1B according to Palmer's classification. Reattachment of the TFCC near its anchoring point was combined with an intraarticular shortening osteotomy of the ulnar head. This provides an excellent approach to the TFCC and a well vascularized anchoring surface. The mooring point is biomechanically appropriate and the tissues with the best biomechanical properties are used. The functional results with a mean follow-up of 3 years were encouraging, as demonstrated by the significant improvement of pain (P = 0.017). All patients were able to return to their previous occupation; no further surgery was necessary to the distal radio-ulnar joint and no impairment of pronation and supination was detected. The final wrist score reflects the subjective results defined by the patient. However the correlation is not linear and the wrist scores are superior to the degree of satisfaction defined by the patient.
   
citation Sennwald G R, Lauterburg M, Zdravkovic V. A new technique of reattachment after traumatic avulsion of the TFCC at its ulnar insertion. J Hand Surg Br 1995; 20:178-84.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 4-1995
journal title J Hand Surg Br (20/2)
ISSN print 0266-7681
pages 178-84
PubMed 7797966