Routinely-Collected Outcomes of Proximal Row Carpectomy

Joris S. Teunissen*, Liron S. Duraku, Reinier Feitz, J. Michiel Zuidam, Ruud W. Selles, The BSSH Studyathon Consortium, Robbert M. Wouters

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Purpose: To describe patient-reported pain and function 12 months after proximal row carpectomy (PRC). Secondary outcomes included return to work, grip strength, range of wrist motion, satisfaction with treatment results, and complications. Methods: This cohort study was part of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand Studyathon 2021, using ongoing routinely-collected data of 304 eligible patients who underwent PRC (73% scapholunate advanced collapse, 11% scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse wrist; 11% Kienböck, 5% other indications) from Xpert Clinics, the Netherlands between 2012–2020. The primary outcome was the Patient Rated Wrist/Hand Evaluation total score (range, 0–100, lower scores indicate better performance). Results: Of the 304 patients, the primary outcome was available in 217 patients. The total Patient Rated Wrist/Hand Evaluation score improved from 60 (95% confidence interval [CI], 57–63) to 38 (95% CI, 35–41) at 3 months, and 26 (95% CI, 23–29) at 12 months. The pain and function subscales improved by 18 (95% CI, 17–20) and 16 (95% CI, 14–18) points, respectively. At 12 months, 82% had returned to work at a median time of 12 (95% CI, 9–14) weeks following PRC. Grip strength did not improve. Wrist flexion and extension demonstrated a clinically irrelevant decrease. Satisfaction with treatment result was excellent in 27% of patients, good in 42%, fair in 20%, moderate in 6%, and poor in 5%. Complications occurred in 11% of patients, and conversion to wrist arthroplasty occurred in 2 patients. Conclusion: A clinically relevant improvement in patient-reported pain and function was observed at 3 months after PRC, with continued improvement to 12 months. These data can be used for shared-decision making and expectation management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Nov 2022

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