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Arthroscopic interposition in SLAC 2 wrist arthritis

Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2013;13(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3835

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Scapholunate dissociation is the most common carpal instability. Scapholunate instability is associated with increased scaphoid flexion and pronation with associated lunate extension. The abnormal kinematics leads to a decrease in surface area contact at the radioscaphoid joint. This abnormal articulation causes an increased concentration of load, leading to the development of degenerative arthritis. In late chronic scapholunate ligament dissociation, when the arthritis appeared (SLAC 2-SLAC 3), treatment often involves heavy palliative techniques such as resection of the first row or four bones fusion. We propose a simpler technique of arthroscopic interposition of a palmaris longus tendon, combined with a wide styloidectomy of scaphoid fossea of distal radius and a dorsal capsuloligamentous repair to stabilize the scapholunate dissociation.