Arthroscopic Wrist Debridement and Radial Styloidectomy for Advanced Scapholunate Advanced Collapse Wrist: Long-term Follow-up
© The Author(s) 2017. Background: Symptomatic stage 2 or 3 scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) wrist is aggressively treated with salvage procedures, such as proximal row carpectomy or partial wrist fusion with resultant pain relief but limited motion. We hypothesize that arthroscopic synovectomy, radial styloidectomy, and neurectomy will preserve wrist motion, relieve pain, and delay or avoid salvage procedures. Methods: We evaluated outcomes in 13 wrists through questionnaires and 11 of these through additional physical examination at a mean follow-up of 5.0 years. Eight wrists were stage 2 and 5 were stage 3. Data at final follow-up included mobility/strength measurements, subjective outcome scores (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand [DASH] and visual analog scale [VAS] pain), patient satisfaction, and return to work statistics. Results: Patients had an average flexion-extension arc of 88.0° in the treated wrist and an average grip strength that was 95.0% of the contralateral side. No patients required revision surgery at follow-up. The 13 wrists reported an average DASH score of 16.4 and mean VAS pain score at rest and with activity of 17.9 and 31.6, respectively. All patients working prior to the procedure (n = 8) were able to immediately return to work. In all, 84.6% of patients were satisfied. Conclusions: The procedure studied may have advantages in relieving pain, while preserving wrist motion for SLAC stage 2 or 3 disease. This procedure does not preclude future salvage procedures in those patients with severe disease who prefer to maintain wrist motion for the short term. Patients experience good functional outcomes with the majority experiencing a reduction in pain with the ability to return to work.
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