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: 1.33). 05/2013; 38(5):999-1005. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.02.029
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ABSTRACT 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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