Editor's choice| Volume 42, ISSUE 12, P978-986, December 2017

Trapeziectomy With Suspension-Interposition Arthroplasty for Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Use of Allograft Versus Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendon

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      The objective of this randomized controlled trial was to compare the 12-month postoperative Michigan Hand Outcomes Questionnaire (MHQ) total score between patients with osteoarthritis (OA) at the first carpometacarpal (CMC I) joint who underwent trapeziectomy with suspension-interposition arthroplasty using the flexor carpi radialis (FCR) tendon and those receiving a human dermal collagen template (allograft).


      We included 60 patients with CMC I OA who met the indications for surgery. They were randomized into 1 of 2 groups: trapeziectomy using the FCR tendon or trapeziectomy with the allograft for suspension-interposition. Patients completed a set of questionnaires including the MHQ and were clinically assessed at baseline, 6 weeks, and 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery. Complications were recorded.


      We operated on 29 patients using the FCR tendon; 31 patients received an allograft. Baseline MHQ total scores significantly increased from 51 (95% confidence interval [CI], 46–56) to 83 (95% CI, 78–87) and 53 (95% CI, 47–58) to 76 (95% CI, 69–84) by 12 months in the FCR and allograft groups, respectively. We found similar outcomes for both groups at all follow-up assessments. Five complications occurred in the FCR group, and 10 in the allograft group. Revision surgery was required for one allograft patient.


      The use of the FCR tendon or allograft for trapeziectomy with suspension-interposition arthroplasty in patients with CMC I OA leads to similar outcomes with more complications, mainly tendon irritations, associated with the latter. Therefore, we only use the allograft in cases of severe instability requiring a larger amount of suspension-interposition material or for revision procedures after failed suspension-interposition with the FCR tendon.

      Type of study/level of evidence

      Therapeutic I.

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