Antegrade Fixation of Distal Metaphyseal Ulnar Shortening Osteotomy

Joanne Y. Zhou, Christopher S. Frey, Kalpit N. Shah, Peter J. Ostergaard, Jeffrey Yao*

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The ulnar shortening osteotomy (USO) is a common procedure used to treat ulnar impaction syndrome secondary to static or dynamic ulnar-positive variance. There are many described techniques for the USO. The distal metaphyseal ulnar shortening osteotomy (DMUSO) with retrograde cannulated screw fixation was described to reduce complications seen with other techniques. Biomechanical analysis of fixation constructs demonstrates 2-screw constructs are significantly stiffer than 1 screw and antegrade constructs have similar or greater stiffness when compared with retrograde constructs. Here, we describe a technique of antegrade cannulated screw fixation for DMUSO that obviates the need for the disruption of the distal radioulnar joint for intra-articular exposure of the ulnar head. Similar to the traditional retrograde DMUSO technique, this construct may also decrease the risk of delayed union, symptomatic implants associated with diaphyseal osteotomies, and disruption of triangular fibrocartilaginous complex in wafer procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 27 2023


  • antegrade fixation
  • metaphyseal
  • screw fixation
  • ulnar impaction
  • ulnar shortening osteotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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