Biomechanical analysis of the trapeziometacarpal joint after surface replacement arthroplasty

S. Uchiyama, W. P. Cooney, G. Niebur, K. N. An, R. L. Linscheid

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A biomechanical analysis of the trapeziometacarpal joint was performed in 7 fresh-frozen normal human cadaveric hands to compare the kinematics of the trapeziometacarpal joint before and after surface total joint replacement. Using a 3-space magnetic Isotrak system (Polhemus, Colchester, VT), which provides a 3-dimensional analysis of motion of joints as well as translation, we found that kinematics and stability of the trapeziometacarpal joint could be duplicated by joint surface replacement arthroplasty provided that normal ligament tensions were present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-490
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Kinematics
  • Surface replacement arthroplasty
  • Trapeziometacarpal joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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