SAN ANTONIO — Researchers here concluded that arthroscopic debridement is a viable treatment for patients with dorsal wrist syndrome.
“Dorsal wrist syndrome can be successfully managed with arthroscopic debridement,” Ramesh Srinivasan, MD, said during a presentation at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting.
Srinivasan and colleagues conducted a retrospective chart review of 14 patients with dorsal wrist syndrome (DWS) who were treated with arthroscopic debridement between 2007 and 2012. The patients had an average age of 29 years and all had the patulous dorsal wrist capsule protruding into the radiocarpal joint. Surgeons arthroscopically debrided the patulous wrist capsule and membranous fraying of the scapholunate interosseous ligament.
The investigators discovered that the preoperative wrist extension improved from 61° to 78° postoperatively. The preoperative Visual Analog Scale pain score improved from 4.1 to 1.2 and the preoperative DASH score improved from 33 to 11.
“Patients who had the treatment demonstrated improved wrist pain, wrist extension and function postoperatively,” Srinivasan said.
Srinivasan R. Paper #SS-51. Presented at: Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting; April 25-27, 2013; San Antonio.
Disclosure: Srinivasan has no relevant financial disclosures.