Wrist Arthrodesis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 25, 2019
  • Author: John J Walsh, IV, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is wrist arthrodesis?

How does the pathophysiology of wrist arthropathy differ from other joint arthropathies?

What causes wrist arthropathy?

What is the pathogenesis of wrist arthropathy?

What is the prevalence of wrist arthropathy?

What is the role of wrist arthrodesis in the treatment of wrist arthropathy?

When is arthrodesis indicated in the treatment of wrist arthropathy?

When is radiocarpal arthrodesis indicated in the treatment of wrist arthropathy?

When is midcarpal fusion indicated in the treatment of wrist arthropathy?

When is limited arthrodesis indicated in the treatment of wrist arthropathy?

What are the contraindications for wrist arthrodesis?

Which alternative treatments may allow wrist arthrodesis to be postponed or avoided?

What is the basis for surgical technique in wrist arthrodesis?

What are the reported outcomes of wrist arthrodesis?

Which factors increase the likelihood of positive results following wrist arthrodesis?

Periprocedural Care

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of wrist arthropathy?

What should be assessed in the preoperative evaluation of patients undergoing wrist arthrodesis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of wrist arthropathy?

What lab tests are included in the preoperative assessment for wrist arthrodesis?

What is the role of radiography in the preoperative assessment of wrist arthrodesis?

What is the role of CT scanning in the preoperative assessment of wrist arthrodesis?

What is included in patient preparation for wrist arthrodesis?

How are patients monitored following wrist arthrodesis?

Technique

What is the role of nonsurgical treatment for wrist arthropathy?

What is the role of surgery for wrist arthropathy?

How is wrist arthrodesis performed?

Which joints are fused in total wrist arthrodesis?

How does the performance of subtotal wrist arthrodesis differ from total wrist arthrodesis?

What is included in postoperative care following wrist arthrodesis?

What are the possible complications of total wrist arthrodesis?

What are the possible complications of wrist arthrodesis related to plate use?

What are the possible complications of arthrodesis related to wrist fusion?