This is a preliminary report of eight cases in which an allograft was used to replace half of the scaphoid. The indications for the procedure include the following: (1) Severe necrosis with fragmentation of the proximal pole, (2) Very proximal pole nonunion with small (less than 20% of the bone), unreconstructable proximal fragments, and (3) One case of severely comminuted intra-articular fracture of the scaphotrapezial joint and basal joint of the thumb caused by a gunshot wound. The Herbert scaphoid screw was used to provide rigid fixation. Follow-up ranged from 8 to 30 months. The result was good in six of eight patients. It should be emphasized that this is a preliminary report of the early experience with a new operation for salvage of difficult scaphoid fracture problems.
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- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine