Revista Iberoamericana de Cirugía de la Mano (Jun 2018)

Fracture of the Body's Hamate Bone: Open Reduction Internal Fixation by Double Approach—A Case Report

  • Jorge Salvador Marín,
  • Antonia Brotons Baile,
  • Nuria Cardona Vives,
  • Jaime Francisco Vargas Prieto,
  • José Manuel Pérez Alba,
  • José Fernando Martínez López

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 46, no. 02
pp. 126 – 130


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Hamate fractures are rare. Their treatment depends on the displacement and type of fracture. We present the case and surgical technique of a 33-year-old male patient, who is a manual worker, with a displaced fracture of the body of the hamate bone associated with dislocation of the fourth and fifth metacarpal (MC) bones. The patient was operated on with a double palmar and dorsal approach directly over the hamate and the body hook, respectively, which was performed to improve the control reduction and avoid damaging the neighboring vascular and nerve structures. The open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) was performed by inserting mini-screws in a dorsal to palmar direction. Later, the dislocations were reduced and fixed with Kirschner wires between the fourth and fifth MC bases, and between the fourth MC base and the capitate bone. The patient was discharged 2.5 months after the fracture. The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire outcome measure was 5 points at 6 months postsurgery.