Four-corner arthrodesis

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Although nearly every combination of intercarpal arthrodeses has been described, excision of the scaphoid and fusion of the remaining carpal bones in neutral alignment was a unique concept when it was introduced nearly 20 years ago. This time-tested and established procedure that is commonly known as the 4-corner or 4-bone arthrodesis is based on the principle that the radiolunate articulation is often spared from degenerative changes from conditions that result in rotatory subluxations of the scaphoid. The 4-corner arthrodesis is a motion-sparing, limited arthrodesis that reliably results in pain relief, improved grip strength, and overall high patient satisfaction with low associated nonunion and comlication rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-111
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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