Cancellous compression bone grafting using headless screw as a strut in scaphoid nonunion by a single volar approach

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Purpose: An array of fixation and grafting techniques for scaphoid nonunion have been described over time, achieving varied results pertaining to union and scaphoid alignment. The aim of this study was to check for union rates and correction of scaphoid parameters achieved by our technique of using screw as a strut and cancellous compression grafting harvested from the distal radius by a single volar approach. Methods: Retrospective analysis of all patients operated by the said technique was done from 2013 to 2019. Thirty-eight patients including 36 males and two females in the age range of 20–56 years were analyzed. Union rates, change in scaphoid alignment parameters and graft site characteristics were documented. Results: Of the patients analyzed, 5/38 were nonunions of proximal pole, 19/38 of waist and 14/38 were of distal pole which included nonunions of cystic type or with humpback deformity. Patients were followed up for an average of 22.2 months and union was achieved in all cases with a mean period of 15.7 ± 3.7 weeks. There was significant improvement in the scaphoid alignment postoperatively. One case of implant migration and one case of scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse were noted. The mean duration of donor site healing was noted to be 16.9 ± 2.5 weeks except two outliers which took longer time. There were no cases of donor site fracture or other complications. Conclusion: Union rates, correction of scaphoid parameters and minimal complications justifies this technique as a novel one in the management of scaphoid nonunion at all levels, with minimal donor site morbidity and attained by the single volar approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2821-2830
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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