The Modified Clayton-Mannerfelt Arthrodesis of the Wrist in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Operative Technique and Report on 93 Cases

Schulthess Clinic, Orthopedics Upper Extremities/Hand Surgery, Zurich, Switzerland
The Journal of hand surgery (Impact Factor: 1.67). 05/2013; 38(5):999-1005. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.02.029
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Arthrodesis of a painful and destroyed wrist is one of the key operations in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clayton is given credit for the first description of an operative technique of wrist arthrodesis by means of an intramedullary Steinmann pin. Mannerfelt popularized this technique by using a Rush pin and additional fixation with staples. The aim of the present article is to give a detailed description of the operative technique used in our hospital. Over a period of 13 years, 104 modified Clayton-Mannerfelt arthrodeses were performed in 87 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Ninety-three wrists were reviewed clinically and radiographically. The patients had high fusion rates and a reliable reduction in preoperative pain, with a low rate of complications. The pin technique is more versatile than standard wrist arthrodesis plates, and the wrist can be positioned according to the needs of the patient. This technique seems to be a good alternative to conventional wrist arthrodesis using an arthrodesis plate in wrists destroyed by rheumatoid arthritis, even in situations with difficult bone stock. In most cases, it is not necessary to remove the hardware.

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    • "If the 11 reviews (such as this one) and the 11 papers in an issue devoted to the rheumatoid wrist and elbow [Hand Clin 2011;27(1)] are excluded, 52 articles remain [16–67]. These papers deal with the following topics: methodology for clinical review, particularly the validity of the DASH and Quick-DASH scores in RA [16], their good correlation with the DAS-28 [17], the importance of the ICFDH [18], and the best follow-up tools: visual analog scale for pain, Grippit's device for strength, Grip Ability Test (GAT), DASH score and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) [19]; surgery of extensor tendons ruptures: predictive role of extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) palmar dislocation on the occurrence of finger extensor tendon ruptures [20], comparative results of grafts and tendon transfers [21], predictive outcome factors [22]; surgery of the distal radioulnar joint: total resection [23] or hemiresection of the ulnar head [24] [25], Sauvé-Kapandji procedure, either the original [26] or modified version (908 rotation of ulnar head) [27], and its beneficial effect on carpal instability [28], advantage of systematic stabilization of the ulnar stump with the ECU [29], prosthetic arthroplasty [30]; surgery of the radiocarpal and midcarpal joints: arthroscopic synovectomy [31] [32], radiolunar [33] [34] [35] [36] [37], radiolunar and radioscapholunar arthrodesis [38], total wrist arthrodesis [39] [40], prosthetic arthroplasty: universal [41] [42], biaxial [43] or ReMotion clinical [44] or biomechanical [45] study, comparison of the costs of conservative management, prosthetic arthroplasty and arthrodesis [46]; advantages and disadvantages of arthrodesis and arthroplasties according to surgeons and rheumatologists [47]; surgery of the metacarpophalangeal joints: influence of swan-neck and boutonniere deformities on arthroplasty results [48], cutaneous risks [49], clinical results, either in isolation [50] [51] [52] [53] or compared to those of non-operated patients [54] [55], importance of esthetics on patient satisfaction [56], comparison of classic silicone implants and spacers without stems made of PLDLA [57] [58]; management of proximal interphalangeal joints with reducible swan-neck [59] [60] [61] [62] or boutonniere [63] deformity; infectious risks: no statistically significant increase in the risk of postoperative infection when biologics and/or methotrexate are discontinued (3.2%) or continued (5.1%), leading the authors to continue biologics and/or methotrexate treatment perioperatively [64]; indications for surgery based on the surgeon's, rheumatologist's and physiotherapist's opinions [44] [65] [66]. "

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