[New metacarpal osteotomy: metacarpal cervicocapital shortening osteotomy of the rheumatoid hand]

Ann Chir Main Memb Super. 1996;15(3):132-7. doi: 10.1016/s0753-9053(96)80002-0.
[Article in French]


Volar dislocation of the four long fingers is a common situation in rheumatoid hands. Surgical reduction is rather difficult because of soft tissue retraction, especially interosseous muscles, and requires large releases. The authors propose the use of Weil's osteotomy, initially described in foot surgery. This is an oblique cervico-capital osteotomy which shortens the metacarpal bone, fixed by two screws. This makes soft tissue release less extensive and facilitates relocation of the extensor tendon. Two cases are reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / surgery*
  • Bone Screws
  • Female
  • Hand Deformities, Acquired / diagnostic imaging
  • Hand Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Metacarpophalangeal Joint / surgery*
  • Metacarpus / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Tendons / surgery