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2022 Oct 13

Medicina (Kaunas)



The Inlay Technique with Cortico-Cancellous Olecranon Bone Graft Used for Revision of Failed Distal Interphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis.


: Although distal interphalangeal (DIP) arthrodesis is an effective surgical method for end-stage osteoarthritis of the phalangeal joint, the nonunion rate of DIP arthrodesis has been reported to range from 15% to 20%. To this end, we devised an inlay technique with a cortico-cancellous olecranon bone graft for failed DIP arthrodesis. This study aimed to introduce the inlay bone grafting technique for failed arthrodesis of the DIP joint and demonstrate its advantages. : We reviewed consecutive 19 digits (15 patients) who had undergone DIP revision arthrodesis using the technique at our institution between January 2010 and December 2020. The observed outcome measures were the bone union rate, and related complications. Bone union was evaluated using follow-up radiography. The quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH), visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, and VAS for satisfaction assessed patient function and perceived clinical outcomes. : No major complications were observed at the recipient site. The average VAS for pain and satisfaction and DASH score improved from preoperatively to 6 months after surgery (both, = 0.001). : The inlay technique with cortico-cancellous olecranon bone grafts showed excellent bone union rates and functional scores with nonunion of the DIP joint. This technique may be an adequate surgical option for patients with confirmed nonunion of the DIP joint and persistent symptoms.