<h4>Background</h4>The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate distal resection interposition arthroplasty of the wrist as a tool to restore mobility as well as to restore stability in severely destroyed wrist joints.<h4>Methods</h4>Thirty-four wrists in 28 rheumatoid arthritis patients were included. The mean follow-up time was 9 years after surgical treatment with clinical and radiological examination. The results were accessed based on a modification of Clayton ́s scoring system as well as a functional questionnaire.<h4>Results</h4>71% patients were satisfied with pain, function and activities of daily life. Better results were reported by patients with a young age, early surgical intervention, a shorter duration of the disease, and lesser involvement of other joints.<h4>Conclusions</h4>The results for radiocarpal arthrodesis were comparable to those of synovectomy or arthrodesis of the wrist. The results after total wrist joint arthroplasty varies probably as the result of different patient groups, implant types and evolution of prosthetic designs, and are not comparable with the present study.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord (BMC musculoskeletal disorders)
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