Factors predictive of patient outcome following total wrist arthrodesis

D. H. Owen, P. A. Agius, A. Nair, D. M. Perriman, P. N. Smith, C. J. Roberts

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Aims Total wrist arthrodesis (TWA) produces a spectrum of outcomes. We investigated this by reviewing 77 consecutive TWA performed for inflammatory and post-traumatic arthropathies, wrist instability and as a salvage procedure. Patients and Methods All operations were performed by a single surgeon using a specifically designed precontoured dorsally applied non-locking wrist arthrodesis plate at a single centre. Results Median post-operative Buck-Gramcko Lohman (BGL), Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand and Patient Rated Wrist Evaluation scores at six years (interquartile range (IQR) 3 to 11) were 9 (IQR = 6 to 10), 19 (IQR = 7 to 45) and 13 (IQR = 1 to 31) respectively. Polyarticular inflammatory arthritis and female gender were associated with poorer patient-reported outcomes, although the effect of gender was partly explained by higher rates of inflammatory disease among women. Return to work was negatively influenced by workers' compensation and non-inflammatory wrist pathology. There was no difference in complication rates for inflammatory and non-inflammatory indications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-653
Number of pages7
JournalBone and Joint Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes


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