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New Tuohy needle technique for triangular fibrocartilage complex repair: preliminary studies.

Arthroscopy 1996 December
The treatment of injuries to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) has evolved from closed casting through open excision to arthroscopic repair. The authors present the preliminary results of arthroscopic repair of peripheral (Palmer type IB) TFCC tears using a Tuohy needle. Results in 17 patients treated with this technique were obtained retrospectively through chart review and telephone interview. Average age of the patients was 33 years (range, 16 to 54 years). Conservative treatment averaged 9 months (range, 2 to 26 months). The repairs were performed with one or two horizontal mattress sutures of 2-0 polydioxanone. Follow-up ranged from 4 to 13 months (average, 8 months). Sixteen patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the result; 1 was not satisfied. No complications occurred. We believe this Tuohy needle technique is practical and cost-effective for the arthroscopic management of peripheral TFCC tears.

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