Functional Outcomes Are Similar After Early and Late Arthroscopic One-Tunnel Transosseous Repair of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Foveal Tears

Ji Hun Park, Jung Wook Lim, Young Woo Kwon, Jong Woo Kang, In Cheul Choi, Jong Woong Park

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Purpose: To compare outcomes at different time periods following arthroscopic triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) transosseous foveal repair within 6 months, between 6 and 12 months, and more than 12 months from injury. Methods: Consecutive patients treated with arthroscopic TFCC foveal repair using the uniform one-tunnel transosseous suture technique by a surgeon from 2014 to 2017 were retrospectively reviewed. The patients were assigned to 1 of 3 groups according to time between injury and surgery. Pain visual analog scale (VAS); grip strength; modified Mayo wrist score (MMWS); Quick disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand (QuickDASH) score; and distal radioulnar joint stability were assessed at minimum 2 years postoperatively, along with minimal clinically important difference, and overall patient satisfaction. Results: This study cohort consisted of 80 patients: group A (<6 months, n = 38), group B (6-12 months, n = 20), and group C (>12 months, n = 22). No differences were found among groups in VAS, grip strength, and MMWS and QuickDASH. Overall, patients exhibited significant functional improvement at 2 years (VAS: 3-0, P <.001; grip strength: 77.1%-95.6%, P <.001; MMWS: 65-90, P <.001, QuickDASH: 20.5-4.5, P <.001). Median changes in outcome variables and the proportion of patients achieving minimal clinically important difference for the QuickDASH were similar among groups. Seventy-eight patients (97%) achieved distal radioulnar joint stability, and 70 patients (87%) were satisfied with treatment. Conclusions: Although this current study has insufficient statistical power, the available data suggest that patients with a TFCC foveal tear who underwent arthroscopic transosseous repair surgery more than 12 months after injury could expect to experience similar functional improvement compared with patients who underwent surgery within 6 months or between 6 and 12 months following injury. Level of Evidence: Level III, retrospective comparative study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1845-1852
Number of pages8
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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