The use of free fat grafts in recalcitrant carpal tunnel: a retrospective study

The use of free fat grafts in recalcitrant carpal tunnel: a retrospective study We present a retrospective study evaluating the proclaimed beneficial effect of the use of fat grafts in patients with recalcitrant carpal tunnel syndrome. Twenty-one re-decompression operations with fat grafting (group I) and 20 routine re-decompressions (group II) were assessed postoperatively with a questionnaire, physical examination, and nerve conduction studies. Both groups were improved by the operative intervention, but no significant differences were found between the two surgical techniques for postoperative severity of symptoms, threshold sensation, pain assessment, nerve conduction velocities, or patients' satisfaction with the postoperative result. Only the postoperative functional status score of the fat grafted patients revealed a trend to a significantly worse outcome. The fat grafted patients sustained more problems with a hypersensitive scar at the wrist level immediately after surgery, although on long-term review there was no significant difference in scar tenderness between the two groups. We concluded that implantation of free fat grafts has not proved to be of additional benefit in patients with recalcitrant carpal tunnel syndrome. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The use of free fat grafts in recalcitrant carpal tunnel: a retrospective study

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002380000219
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Abstract

We present a retrospective study evaluating the proclaimed beneficial effect of the use of fat grafts in patients with recalcitrant carpal tunnel syndrome. Twenty-one re-decompression operations with fat grafting (group I) and 20 routine re-decompressions (group II) were assessed postoperatively with a questionnaire, physical examination, and nerve conduction studies. Both groups were improved by the operative intervention, but no significant differences were found between the two surgical techniques for postoperative severity of symptoms, threshold sensation, pain assessment, nerve conduction velocities, or patients' satisfaction with the postoperative result. Only the postoperative functional status score of the fat grafted patients revealed a trend to a significantly worse outcome. The fat grafted patients sustained more problems with a hypersensitive scar at the wrist level immediately after surgery, although on long-term review there was no significant difference in scar tenderness between the two groups. We concluded that implantation of free fat grafts has not proved to be of additional benefit in patients with recalcitrant carpal tunnel syndrome.

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European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 2, 2001

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