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What characteristics make a patient most amenable to successful total wrist arthroplasty?

Orthopedics Today features insight from Scott W. Wolfe, MD, chief emeritus of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at HSS, on characteristics that make a patient most amenable to successful total wrist arthroplasty (TWA).

According to Dr. Wolfe, “Today, an ideal candidate for total wrist arthroplasty (TWA) is a symptomatic 50- to 70-year-old individual with post-traumatic pan-carpal arthritis or scapholunate advanced collapse who has failed nonoperative or operative treatment and is willing to modify their activity level to increase implant longevity.”

He continued, “This year we received FDA approval and introduced the KinematX novel midcarpal TWA design (Extremity Medical LLC) that mimics the anatomy and kinematics of the human wrist and was designed from the world’s largest open-source wrist kinematic database.”

 “As has been demonstrated from large joint arthroplasty results, data-driven kinematic design decreases stress on the bone-implant interface and improves prosthetic survival. Newer designs and proper patient selection portend a bright future ahead for TWA,” he concluded.

Read the full article at Healio.com/news/orthopedics.