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[Correction of posttraumatic disorders of the distal radio-ulnar joint with the Sauvé-Kapandji surgical procedure].

[Article in French]

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Service de Chirurgie Plastique et Reconstructrice de l'Appareil Locomoteur, Hôpital Jeanne d'Arc, CHU Nancy.

Abstract

The Sauve-Kapandji procedure was performed on 21 patients with posttraumatic lesions between May of 1985 and May of 1991; average clinical and radiological follow-up was 3.4 years. Causal mechanisms were as follows: 12 cases were sequelae of fractures of the distal extremity of the radius; 5 cases were sequelae of fractures of the diaphyses of the two forearm bones and/or of the head of the radius; 2 cases of instability of the distal radio-ulnar joint; 2 cases of posttraumatic isolated arthritis of the distal radio-ulnar joint. Subjective evaluation by the patients of the results of surgery was as follows: 8 excellent, 6 good, 2 satisfactory and 5 poor. The most consistent improvement was a gain of mobility in pronation and supination which averaged 87 per cent of that of the healthy contralateral side. Nine patients were free of pain, 6 experienced some pain only during effort, and 6 still suffered constant pain. Grip strength was the factor that changed the most: it averaged 55 per cent of that of the healthy contralateral side. Indications for the Sauve-Kapandji procedure and its results in posttraumatic lesions are discussed. This procedure is compared to other techniques used to correct posttraumatic disorders of the distal radio-ulnar joint.

PMID:
8066298
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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