ARTHRODESIS OF THE WRIST: Preliminary Report of a New Method

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This new method of arthrodesis of the wrist was devised to obtain rapid and certain fusion with a minimal loss of time and earning capacity and to attain and maintain a precise positioning of the hand.The procedure consists essentially in resection of the proximal row of carpal bones, with fixation of the capitate to the radius by means of a Screw. It has the advantages of apposing cancellous bones, with an intact. blood supply, with positive internal fixation.Healing is not dependent upon any grafted bone.The operation is recommended for routine fusions in non-tuberculous cases. It is preferred to arthroplasty because of the stability, freedom from pain, and the relatively slight disability which results.

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