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- Radiocarpal Fusion: Indications, Technique, and ModificationsJournal of Hand SurgeryVol. 47Issue 8
- PreviewDegenerative disorders of the wrist may affect isolated joints and inhibit normal functions of the wrist secondary to pain and stiffness. These processes that affect only the radiocarpal joint may be secondary to posttraumatic osteoarthritis, primary osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Radiocarpal wrist arthrodesis may help preserve some of the native wrist kinematics while alleviating pain and improving the range of motion. However, the surgeon must ensure that the patient’s pathologic process primarily affects the radiocarpal articulations while relatively sparing the midcarpal articulations.