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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1992 Feb;(275):110-23.

The Sauvé-Kapandji procedure.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.


In 1936, Sauvé and Kapandji described a procedure that included an arthrodesis across the distal radioulnar joint and created a pseudarthrosis of the ulna, proximal to the fusion, to restore pronation and supination. The author has used this technique because preservation of the head of the ulna minimizes the potential for some of the complications that can follow its excision. Retention of the head of the ulna would secure a more normal transmission of loads across the wrist, maintain full support to the carpal condyle and to the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon, and preserve the normal contour and appearance of the wrist. This paper presents the author's experience using this procedure in 37 wrists with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis and posttraumatic changes of the distal radioulnar joint, and chondromalacia of the head of the ulna. This is a satisfactory operation, although not infallible. It is probably contraindicated when treating the unstable or frankly subluxed or dislocated distal radioulnar joint, ulna dorsal, a therapeutic problem for which there is no reliable solution. Indications for the Sauvé-Kapandji technique are discussed in relation to other operations frequently used for the distal radioulnar joint.

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