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Combined Wrist Extensor Tenodesis and Tendon Transfers for Severe Spastic Flexed Wrist Deformity: Surgical Technique and Case Series.

Spastic wrist flexion deformities both limit the functional use of the hand for grasp and pinch producing a stigmatizing appearance. Tendon transfers and total wrist arthrodesis are treatment options for this condition depending on the patient's characteristics, the latter the most commonly used in patients with severe wrist flexion deformities. Tendon transfers alone in this scenario have the tendency for recurrent deformity due to tenorrhaphy failure or soft tissue creep and resultant loss of tension. Total wrist arthrodesis is a more invasive procedure, which can have hardware or fusion problems and that is irreversible. We propose a novel technique that incorporates a distally based wrist extensor tendon slip and suture tape tenodesis to the distal radius. The rationale of this technique is to act as a protective, internal splint to prevent recurrent deformity after primary or revision tendon transfer for moderate to severe spastic flexed wrist deformities, avoiding the need to perform a total wrist arthrodesis.

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