Postoperative Imaging of the Wrist and Hand

Eva Llopis, MDa,*, Luis Cerezal, MD, PhDb, Rocio Auban, MDc, Luis Aguilella, PhDd,
Francisco del Piñal, PhDe
a Department of Radiology, Hospital de la Ribera, IMSKE, km 1, Ctra Corbera, 46600 Alzira, Valencia, Spain;
b Diagnostico medico Cantabria, C de Castilla, 6, 39002 Santander, Cantabria, Spain; c Department of Radi-
ology, Hospital de Manises, Av de la Generalitat Valenciana, 50, 46940 Manises, Valencia, Spain;
d Department of Orthopedics, Hospital de la Ribera, km 1, Ctra Corbera, 46600 Alzira, Valencia, Spain;
e Instituto de cirugı´a pla´ stica y de la mano, Hospital de la Lux, Madrid y Hospital Mutua Montan˜ esa, C de
Serrano, 58, 28001 Madrid, Spain
* Corresponding author.
E-mail address: Evallopis@gmail.com

 

INTRODUCCIÓN
There is a wide range of different surgical procedures performed in the wrist and hand from congenital to tumoral lesions, and a significant number of them will develop postsurgical pain. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of publications on radiological complications of wrist surgeries, most based on anecdotal evidence through personal experiences rather than randomized series. Surgeons have based their postsurgical evaluation on clinical examinations and plain films. However, as patients have become more functionally demanding such as with increased involvement in recreational sports and exercise in the general population, imaging has become important to rule out complications. The first step is to understand the different surgical approaches that might differ from open surgery, microsurgery, and arthroscopy. It is essential to know the normal anatomy after surgery to be able to distinguish pathologic findings.
This article reviews a selection of the most frequent and important surgical procedures, normal postoperative anatomy, and their complications.

 

Postoperative Imaging of the Wrist and Hand