[(Partial) fusion of the wrist : Indications and surgical procedures]

Unfallchirurg. 2017 Jun;120(6):513-526. doi: 10.1007/s00113-017-0356-8.
[Article in German]


Carpal bone fusions for secondary reconstruction are still indispensable despite state of the art diagnostic tools and modern treatment techniques for wrist lesions. The former fusions stabilize the wrist and enable sufficient residual carpal mobility. Pain can be reduced significantly by arthrodesis of destroyed joints and the progress of osteoarthritis may be stopped or delayed. This review presents commonly used fusions with their inherent indications, contraindications and complications.

Keywords: Arthrosis; Carpal bones; Handsurgical procedures; Pseudarthrosis; Wrist ligament.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthrodesis / instrumentation*
  • Arthrodesis / methods*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Joint Diseases / surgery*
  • Physical Examination / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wrist Joint / diagnostic imaging*
  • Wrist Joint / surgery*