J Wrist Surg 2015; 04(03): 200-206
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1556862
Scientific Article
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Pulley Reconstruction As Part of the Surgical Treatment for de Quervain Disease: Surgical Technique with Medium-Term Results

Jacobien van der Wijk
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
,
Jean F. Goubau
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
2   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium
,
Koen Mermuys
3   Department of Radiology, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
,
Petrus van Hoonacker
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
,
Bert Vanmierlo
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
,
Diederick Kerckhove
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
,
Bart Berghs
1   Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Upper Limb Unit, AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, Brugge, Belgium
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Publication Date:
07 August 2015 (online)

Abstract

Background Simple decompression of the first extensor compartment is commonly used for treating de Quervain disease, with the possible complication of subluxation of the tendons of the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) over the radial styloid. To prevent this painful subluxation of the tendons, several methods of reconstructing the pulley have been proposed.

Questions/Purposes The purpose of our study was to evaluate a new technique for reconstructing the first extensor compartment following a release for de Quervain disease.

Patients and Methods A retrospective study (mean length 40.4 months) was performed in 45 patients. The outcome assessment involved two different questionnaires and ultrasound evaluation of any tendon subluxation.

Results None of the patients required reoperation for tendon instability or incomplete decompression of the first extensor compartment. Two patients experienced clicking around the radial styloid after surgery. This was not related to the amount of volar migration of the tendons.

Conclusions We believe the reconstruction proposed here is an effective method of preventing painful subluxation of the APL and EPB following a release of the first extensor compartment.

Note

This study received the approval of the Leading Ethics Committee OG 065 of the AZ Sint-Jan AV Brugge–Oostende, campus Brugge, Brugge, Belgium, September 21, 2012, and received the approval number BUN B049201214473 (internal reference number 1599).