Published online Aug 18, 2016. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v7.i8.501
Peer-review started: February 1, 2016
First decision: March 24, 2016
Revised: May 11, 2016
Accepted: June 1, 2016
Article in press: June 3, 2016
Published online: August 18, 2016
AIM: To review the results of our experience with the Medartis Aptus plating system for four corner arthrodesis of the wrist, which uses a combination of compression screws and variable angle locking screws.
METHODS: We reviewed the results of 17 procedures in 16 patients that underwent scaphoid excision and four corner fusion using the Medartis Aptus system between May 2010 and June 2014. The primary outcome measure was radiographic and clinical union.
RESULTS: The mean clinical follow up time was 20.6 mo. The mean union time was 6 mo. Two non-unions required revision procedures. The mean disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand score taken after union was 36. The mean final grip strength was 27 kg. The mean final range of movement was 30° flexion and 31° of extension. All patients had a restored scapholunate angle on postoperative radiographs. There were no incidences of dorsal impingement.
CONCLUSION: Overall our experience with the Aptus plating system shows comparable results to other methods of fixation for four corner fusion, in the short to medium term.
Core tip: This paper demonstrates that a multi angle locking plate is a suitable device for four corner fusion. It demonstrates that results are comparable to those of other means of fusion in the short to medium term.