A long story short. Outcomes of ulna shortening osteotomy.

Wednesday 12 April 2023, 10:30 am
J.S. Teunissen
prof. dr. D.J.O. Ulrich, prof. dr. R.W. Selles, prof. dr. S.E.R. Hovius
dr. E.P.A. van der Heijden

Ulnar shortening is a surgical procedure that has been performed since 1941 for patients with ulnar-sided wrist pain. Yet only a few studies have carefully described the outcomes of this procedure. However, information about the treatment outcomes is important to better inform patients who are considering this procedure. Using real-world data from the Xpert Clinics, this thesis answers questions that may concern patients. For example, a study shows that the pain in most patients (indeed) decreases after the operation. Another study describes when patients return to work after an ulnar shortening and which factors are associated with this. Complications are also discussed. Furthermore, this thesis discusses more technical issues that clinicians might be concerned with. For example, it turned out that the number of reoperations was lower when a certain technique was used and that a combined procedure might be a good alternative for some patients.

Joris Teunissen (1997) graduated cum laude (Gymnasium) from the Van Maerlant Lyceum in Eindhoven. He studies Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and rowed at student association “Skadi”. In 2019, he started his PhD research at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery of the Radboud university medical centre. He is currently doing his clinical rotations.