THE SCHEKER TOTAL DISTAL RADIO-ULNAR JOINT PROSTHESIS
The Only CompleteReplacement of the DRUJ.
THE DEVICE REPLACES
- The Articular Surface of the Radius (Sigmoid Notch) with a plate.
- The Ulna Head (Seat) with a stem and mobile ball.
- The Stabilizing Ligaments (TFC) with a cover and screw (s).
WHAT CAUSES ULNAR SIDED “WRIST” PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISTAL RADIO-ULNAR JOINT?
- “Wrist pain” often associated with a damaged distal radio-ulnar joint is located at the end of the forearm. This is where the radius is supported by and rotates around the ulna.
- The pain is a result of damage to the joint, including cartilage and surrounding soft tissue structures. This can be from trauma, arthritis, congenital malformations or tumors.
- These causes of joint damage affect all aspects of the joint and even when minor, if left untreated, can lead to the eventual loss of cartilage.
- Without intact cartilage and / or joint stability, the bones of the distal forearm come into contact with each other causing pain.
- The extent of the pain can vary from limiting to disabling.
THE TOTAL DRUJ IS DESIGNED TO ALLOW A FULL RANGE OF MOTION, WEIGHT BEARING AND A FASTER RETURN TO ACTIVITIES.
THE DEVICE DOES NOT RELY ON SOFT TISSUE FOR STABILITY DRAMATICALLY REDUCING THE TIME NEEDED FOR RECOVERY.
MOST PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD THE DEVICE IMPLANTED CAN GRADUALLY BEGIN MOVING THEIR FOREARM THE DAY AFTER SURGERY. AT TWO WEEKS THEY CAN BEGIN EXERCISES WORKING TOWARD GAINING STRENGTH AND MOTION..