Rhee PC, Shin AY
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the rate of union after four-corner arthrodesis with a locking, dorsal circular plate comprised of polyether-ether-ketone. A retrospective review was conducted of all patients who underwent four-corner arthrodesis with a locking, dorsal circular plate at our institution from January 2005 to May 2009. The primary outcome measure was radiographic and clinical union. During the study period, 26 consecutive wrists underwent four-corner arthrodesis with a locking, dorsal circular plate. Twenty-three wrists were included. The mean clinical follow-up was 16 months (range 3-37). Union was achieved in 22 of 23 wrists at a mean time of 3 months (range 1-12). There was no partial union that underwent successful revision arthrodesis. In summary, four-corner fusion with a polyether-ether-ketone locking, dorsal circular plate results in high union rates. The use of a radiolucent plate allows for a more accurate assessment of union with the biomechanical advantages of a fixed angle construct.