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Outcomes of arthroscopic dorsal wrist ganglion excision: a 44-month retrospective comparative study
Arthrosc Orthop Sports Med 2020;7:17-21
Published online November 1, 2020;  https://doi.org/10.14517/aosm20004
© 2020 Korean Arthroscopy Society and Korean Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Pedro Amaro, Afonso Cardoso, José Caldeira, Pedro Falcão, Carolina Baptista

Hand Surgery Unit, Department of Orthopaedic, Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Loures, Portugal
Correspondence to: Pedro Amaro, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8288-2654
Hand Surgery Unit, Department of Orthopaedic, Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Avenida Carlos Teixeira, Loures 2674-514, Portugal. Tel: +351-968125898, Fax: +351-219-847-2092, E-mail: pedro.amaro@hbeatrizangelo.pt
Received April 16, 2020; Revised June 17, 2020; Accepted July 1, 2020.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Background: This study retrospectively compares the clinical outcomes of excision of dorsal cysts of the wrist by open and arthroscopic approaches, considering three variables: recurrence rates, residual pain, and the time required for patients to return to their work activities.
Methods: All patients who submitted to open or arthroscopic surgical excision of wrist ganglions between January 2012 and December 2017 were evaluated with a mean follow-up period of 44 months. Preoperative and postoperative pains were evaluated using a visual analogue scale, and functional outcomes were evaluated using the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (Quick-DASH) questionnaire. Recurrences were confirmed by clinical examination, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging.
Results: Our study showed that there are no statistically significant differences between the two surgical techniques regarding the recurrence rate or residual pain.
Conclusion: Patients who underwent arthroscopic surgery had a statistically significant early return to work.
Keywords : Arthroscopic excision; Open excision; Return to work; Wrist ganglion
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