Hand & Wrist Videos: TFCC
- Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injuries are increasingly recognized as a cause of ulnar-sided wrist pain. Palmer grouped these tears into either traumatic or degenerative, with various subclassifications. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), arthrogram, and arthroscopy are the methods used to establish the diagnosis. Several arthroscopic methods of TFCC repair including outside-in, inside-out, and all-inside techniques have been described. The outside-in repair, which involves piercing the TFCC via the ulnar side of the wrist, has been described by several authors, but the technique varies among authors with respect to instrumentation and subtle surgical modifications.
- The radioulnar ligament of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), especially the deep fibers inserted at the ulnar fovea, is the key component for the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) stability. Traumatic injuries to the TFCC foveal insertion would cause DRUJ instability. Traditionally, arthroscopic techniques of the TFCC repair are suturing the ulnar-sided disruption peripherally to the dorsal or ulnar capsule instead of suturing the TFCC to the fovea and thus fail to restore the DRUJ stability if the TFCC is detached from the fovea.
- After the importance of the deep fiber of the distal radioulnar ligament had been acknowledged, some repair techniques have been introduced. Because the knotless suture anchor does not cause any knot irritation and yields appropriate tension, it is a useful fixation material. All-arthroscopic knotless suture anchor repair of the triangular fibrocartilage complex fovea tear by a 2-portal technique is easier and less vulnerable to ulnar nerve injury than the original Geissler technique. Instead of the suture hook and accessory portal, this technique uses the always-sharp 18-gauge needle and percutaneous route.
- Ulnar impaction syndrome is abutment of the ulna on the lunate and triquetrum that increases stress and load, causing ulnar-sided wrist pain. Typically, ulnar-positive or -neutral variance is seen on a posteroanterior radiograph of the wrist. The management of ulnar impaction syndrome varies from conservative, symptomatic treatment to open procedures to shorten the ulna. Arthroscopic management has become increasingly popular for management of ulnar impaction with ulnar-positive variance of less than 3 mm and concomitant central triangular fibrocartilage complex tears.