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Surgical treatment of acute acromioclavicular joint injuries using a modified Weaver-Dunn procedure and clavicular hook plate

Hsin-Hua Liu, Yi-Jiun Chou, Chi-Hui Chen, Wei-Tso Chia, Chi-Yin Wong
Orthopedics 2010 August 11, 33 (8)
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Various surgical procedures have been described for the treatment of complete acromioclavicular joint dislocation, but no consensus exists on the optimal therapy. The aim of each type of procedure is to stabilize the clavicle by substitution of the ruptured coracoclavicular ligaments. Treatment modalities have changed with increasing understanding of the nature of the problem and the biomechanics of the joint. This article presents a method consisting of a modified Weaver-Dunn procedure and a clavicular hook plate for the operative management of acute acromioclavicular joint injuries.We performed a retrospective study of 46 patients who had undergone a modified Weaver-Dunn procedure with a clavicular hook plate for acute acromioclavicular joint injuries between July 2002 and December 2006. Average follow-up was 36.6 months (range, 24-46 months). There was 1 skin-deep infection, 1 dislocation of the hook, and 2 redislocations of the acromioclavicular joint. Thirteen patients had some calcification between the clavicle and the coracoid process, which did not cause loss of motion or other symptoms. All but 1 patient returned to work, and all but 1 returned to their preoperative activity level. The mean Constant score was 88.2 points. The mean Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score was 12.2 points.Treatment of acute acromioclavicular joint injuries using a modified Weaver-Dunn procedure and a clavicular hook plate showed good short-term clinical results with a low complication rate. Further investigation and long-term results are needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

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