The use of osteochondral flaps in the treatment of carpal disorders

James Patrick Higgins, Heinz K. Bürger

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Vascularized osteochondral flaps have been described for use in reconstruction of the wrist, providing the benefits of osteochondral grafts in addition to the benefit of osseous and subchondral perfusion via the microvascular pedicle. Various harvest sites have been described including the medial and lateral femoral trochlea and the proximal third metatarsal. The reconstructed surfaces described include the cartilage surfaces of the scaphoid, lunate, capitate and radius. The ability to transfer analogous osteochondral surfaces poses the possibility for new motion-preserving alternatives for difficult articular problems previously treated with salvage procedures. A description of the procedures and reported outcomes are provided, as well as a discussion of the role of these procedures in the future of wrist surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Kienböck’s disease
  • Lateral femoral troclea flap
  • Medial femoral condyle flap
  • Medial femoral trochlea flap
  • Osteochondral flaps
  • Osteochondral graft
  • Scaphoid nonunion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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