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Arthroscopic interposition in scapholunate advanced collapse wrist arthritis, stage 2 (SLAC 2)

Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2018;18(05). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5272

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Scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) is a form of degenerative arthritis of the wrist which is commonly a sequela of scapholunate instability. SLAC follows a typical pattern which begins with arthritis of the radial styloid (stage 1). Stage 2 is marked by the involvement of the entire scaphoid fossa and the scaphoid while arthritic changes involve the midcarpal joint in stage 3. Stage 2 SLAC is typically managed with proximal row carpectomy (PRC), which preserves some degree of wrist flexion-extension arc and reduces pain. However, major drawbacks of this procedure are as follows: incongruence between lunate fossa and capitate, subsequent arthritic changes, and reduced grip strength originating from reduced carpal height. This video shows a recently described salvage procedure, namely arthroscopic interposition tendon arthroplasty (AITA), which attempts to preserve wrist motion and carpal height simultaneously restoring radiocarpal joint space and reducing pain, by interpositioning tendon graft in the radiocarpal joint.