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J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jun;37(6):1263-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.03.037.

Another light in the dark: review of a new method for the arthroscopic repair of triangular fibrocartilage complex.

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is an anatomically and biomechanically important structure. Repair of radial-sided TFCC tear has previously been challenging. We designed a new method of radial-sided TFCC tear repair and found that it was also applicable for ulnar-sided TFCC tear repair. From October 2006 to December 2010, 10 patients underwent this operation and were reviewed: 9 men and 1 woman, with a mean age of 33.9 years. Average postoperative follow-up was 8 months. We graded results according to the Mayo modified wrist score. We rated 2 of the 10 patients (20%) as "excellent," 3 (30%) as "good," and 5 (50%) as "fair." The 5 patients who were rated as "fair" returned to regular jobs or had restricted employment. Based on this small sample, we recommend that this technique be considered an alternative method for TFCC repair.

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