Background: An institutional review board–approved study of the functional outcomes of patients after surgical treatment of hamate arthrosis lunotriquetral ligament tear (HALT) lesions was conducted. Methods: In all, 21 wrists in 19 patients underwent arthroscopic, open, or combined treatment of HALT lesions. Seven patients underwent isolated hamate debridement and 14 had concomitant procedures to address lunotriquetral pathology. Nineteen wrists underwent procedures to address additional pathology, including triangular fibrocartilage complex, ulnotriquetral ligament split, and scapholunate ligament injuries. Results: Mayo wrist scores increased from 54 to 71. Sixteen patients had no or mild pain postoperatively, compared with none preoperatively. When stratified by lunotriquetral interosseous ligament management, 75% of the limited treatment group (none or debridement) and 78% of the additional treatment group reported improved pain. Three patients underwent additional surgeries for persistent pain. Conclusion: Resection of the proximal pole of the hamate can improve pain and function for patients with ulnar-sided wrist pain secondary to a HALT lesion. Concomitant wrist pathologies should be considered when determining treatment plans.
- ulnar-sided wrist pain
- upper extremity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine