Publications by authors named "Maarten Van Nuffel"

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Functional outcome of ligament reconstruction with tendon interposition after failed first carpometacarpal joint prosthesis.

Acta Orthop Belg 2021 Mar;87(1):137-142

The purpose is to determine if ligament reconstruction with tendon interposition (LRTI) is a recommendable salvage option for failed total joint prosthesis of the first carpometacarpal joint. Twenty-two patients in our database met the in- clusion criteria for this retrospective study, with at least 6 months follow-up. Fourteen participated and were invited for a clinical examination and asked to fill out two questionnaires. They were evaluated for pain (VAS), impairment (NHS), disability (Quick DASH), opposition (Kapandji test) and grip strength (hydraulic dynamometer). Results of the questionnaires were compared to a cohort study of primary LRTI's. Kapandji test and grip strength were compared to the contralateral side. Compared to primary LRTI's, revision surgery showed mild deterioration of impairment and disability. The average VAS score was 2.9 out of 10. Twelve patients mentioned a sense of strength loss, which could be quantified with the dynamometer : a mean of 15.1 kg (operated thumb) versus 20.5 kg (contralateral). There was a relatively small decline of opposition with Kapandji 8.6 versus 9.9. The overall satisfaction was good for 8 patients, fair for 3 and poor for the remaining 3 (mainly based on strength loss). One patient needed a second revision. Failed first carpometacarpal joint replacement can be salvaged by ligament reconstruction with tendon interposition, providing an acceptable functional outcome in 79% of cases studied. However, compared to the functional outcome of primary LRTI's, mild aggravation of impairment and disability should be taken into account.
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March 2021

Trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition arthroplasty in a male cohort : a retrospective study.

Acta Orthop Belg 2020 Jun;86(2):227-232

Osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint of the thumb is a common disease, mostly affecting middle aged women. This article presents the results of a trapeziectomy with a ligament recontruction/tendon interposition procedure. We evaluated 60 male patients with 76 operated thumbs. The mean follow- up was 62 months (ranging from 13 to 133 months, with SD of 33 months). The outcome was measured with the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand score, a Nelson Hospital score, a Visual analogue scale score and range of motion. The preoperative height of the trapezium was measured and compared with the height of the trapezial space postoperativaly. The disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand score improved from 25.6 to 16.1. The Visual analogue scale score for pain, satisfaction, dexterity and funcion were correlated with each other. On x-ray, there was an average loss of 67% of trapezial height compared preoperativaly with postoperativaly, but no correlation was found with clinical outcome parameters.
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June 2020

Four-corner fusion versus proximal row carpectomy : a retrospective review with a minimal follow-up of 9 years.

Acta Orthop Belg 2020 Mar;86(1):146-150

A retrospective survey on the long-term outcomes of both proximal row carpectomy (PRC) and scaphoidectomy with 4-corner arthrodesis (4CA) was conducted. Seventeen PRC and nine 4CA wrists were retrieved with a minimal follow-up of 9 years. Pain, satisfaction and disability were not significantly different. There was a better flexion and ulnar deviation in the PRC wrists. Conclusion : at long term, the outcome for PRC remains stable despite some series recently reported worsening of the results due to progressive degenerative arthritis. PRC seems to yield comparable clinical results compared to 4CA but a slightly better range of motion than 4CA.
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March 2020

Short-term outcome trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition versus trapeziometacarpal prosthesis : a literature review.

Acta Orthop Belg 2020 Mar;86(1):122-130

Trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition and trapeziometacarpal prosthesis are two commonly used procedures for first carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis. The purpose of this study is to compare the short-term outcome of trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition to trapeziometacarpal prosthesis. Pubmed, Cochrane library and science direct database were searched with adequate search terms. Used parameters were force, pain, mobility, functionality and complication. All papers describing short-term outcome of ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition or trapeziometacarpal prosthesis were included in this review. Trapeziometacarpal prostheses showed faster pain relief compared with trapeziectomy and ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition. Overall, there was a better strength in the trapeziometacarpal prosthesis group. A lack of information was found about the short- term functionality. The mobility recovers faster in the prosthesis group, although different scoring scales were used for measurement. We could confirm the faster pain relief in the prosthesis group and generally a faster recovery of strength and mobility. In the prosthesis group were more short-term complications. More studies are required to evaluate the short-term recovery of strength, the mobility, functionality and satisfaction.
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March 2020

Atraumatic Bucket Handle Abnormality of the Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex in an Adolescent.

J Wrist Surg 2019 Oct 11;8(5):423-425. Epub 2018 Sep 11.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UZ Leuven, Lubbeek (Pellenberg), Belgium.

 Congenital abnormalities of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) are rare and could be mistaken for a traumatic lesion. It is important to recognize these anatomical variations and to realize they do not always require treatment.  An incidental finding of an atraumatic bucket handle abnormality of the TFCC in a 15-year-old male, who was treated arthroscopically for dorsal wrist pain. This structure was resected, thus obtaining a normal looking peripheral TFCC.  Literature regarding congenital abnormalities of the TFCC is limited to a meniscoid articular disc or a congenital perforation. To our knowledge, an atraumatic bucket handle abnormality has not been described yet.  This congenital abnormality of the TFCC could be mistaken for a traumatic lesion on MRI, or during wrist arthroscopy; therefore, it is important to realize that this entity may occur and does not require treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0038-1669919DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6773613PMC
October 2019

A clinical trial of tension and compression orthoses for Dupuytren contractures.

J Hand Ther 2017 Jul - Sep;30(3):253-261. Epub 2017 Feb 21.

Orthopaedic Department, Hand Unit, University Hospitals Leuven, Pellenberg Campus, Pellenberg, Belgium.

Study Design: Randomized clinical trial on 2 patient groups with Dupuytren's disease.

Introduction: Despite an unpredictable outcome, surgery remains an important treatment for Dupuytren's disease. Orthotic devices are a controversial noninvasive treatment method to influence the myofibroblasts in the nodules.

Purpose Of The Study: To detect how much improvement 2 types of orthotic device (tension and compression) as only treatment intervention can provide on a Dupuytren's contracture. Is a compression orthosis better than a tension orthosis?

Methods: Thirty patients with measurable flexion contractures of the fingers were identified. Both primary and recurrence cases were included. Patients were randomized in 2 groups of 15 patients. One group had a standard tension orthosis (Levame), the other group a newly designed silicon compression orthotic device. Patients were instructed to wear the orthotic devices 20 hours a day during 3 months. Data were collected at first visit and after 3 months of orthotic treatment. Primary outcomes were active extension deficit of each joint and total active extension (TAE) of the digit. Secondary outcome was patient satisfaction. Visual Analog Scale (VAS) score of function and esthetics (0-10 points) were recorded at the start and after 3 months.

Results: Flexion contracture was reduced at least 5 degrees in all patients. After 3 months, TAE was significantly reduced in both groups (both P < .001).The mean change in TAE was 32.36° in the tension group and 46.47° in the compression group. Although reduction of TAE deficit was bigger in the compression group, this difference was not statistically significant (P = .39). VAS scale of esthetics and functionality was significantly increased in both treatment groups. The functional VAS scale after 3 months was 11% higher in the compression group than in the tension group (P = .03). A major complication of a tension orthotic is skin ulcers.

Discussion: Too much tension may cause myofibroblast stimulation and disease progression, whereas continuous limited tension can improve flexion contractures. The idea of a compression device is based on the treatment concept of hypertrophic burn scars.

Conclusion: Tension and compression orthotic devices can be used as a nonoperative treatment of Dupuytren's disease in both early proliferative untreated hands and aggressive postsurgery recurrence. Although there is no statistically significant difference, compression orthoses appear to be more effective and are better tolerated. Nevertheless, adjustment of orthotic design and research on long-term results are needed.

Level Of Evidence: I (Randomized controlled trial, Therapeutic study).
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February 2017

Proximal interphalangeal joint replacement: resurfacing pyrocarbon versus silicone arthroplasty.

Acta Orthop Belg 2014 Jun;80(2):190-5

Prosthetic replacement of the proximal interphalangeal joints is an operative treatment for osteoarhtritis, to preserve the range of motion and the function of the hand. The purpose of this study is to detect the differences regarding pain and function between a silicone implant using a volar approach and a resurfacing implant, placed through a dorsal approach. Patients were reviewed clinically and scored. We found no significant differences in outcome between the two types of implants. However, the complication rate in the resurfacing group was significantly higher. Also, the economic cost of both implants was significantly different. The resurfacing implants were more expensive than the silicone implants.
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June 2014

Arthroscopic debridement with and without distal ulnar resection in the treatment of triangular fibrocartilage complex tears.

Acta Orthop Belg 2014 Mar;80(1):112-5

A retrospective survey for debridement with or without wafer distal ulna resection was performed. Forty six patients responded to a questionnaire on pain, disability and time off work. The mean DASH score decreased from 42 to 28 on average. Thirty two patients were satisfied. The pain was considered severe in 12 patients. There were significant differences in the outcome between debridement only and debridement with wafer resection of the distal ulna.
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