|Basal joint arthroplasty is
a common operation and the variations in technical approaches are a
common topic of conversation for most hand surgeons. Below is a brief
description of a technique for suspension ligament reconstruction. This
is one of many possible techniques.
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trapeziectomy, a slip of abductor pollicis longus tendon is passed
around the base of the index metacarpal and sutured to itself proximal to the metacarpal base.
|In this case, a vena cava
ligature passer was modified to create the path around the index
|This technique allows a
strong distal force vector, and care mist be taken to avoid
|Preop basal joint stress
views showing subluxation and subsidence:
|8 months postop. The
trapeziectomy defect height is still maintained.
|18 months postop, MRI for
an unrelated diagnosis demonstrates the tendon loop path in the
basal joint arthroplasty
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