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February 2022

Use of Sonography in Upper Extremity Surgery: Innovative Concepts and Techniques
Luc Van Overstraeten, Frederic A. Schuind, Fabian Moungondo, Editor

Upper-extremity and hand surgeons are disposed nowadays of a new tool for diagnosis and to guide their operations: sonography. The recent improvements of this imaging modality allow excellent visualization of hand anatomic structures. Sonography has been proven invaluable in the outpatient clinic, to immediately confirm a suspicion of tendon rupture, to assess tendon gliding, to understand the nature of a hand tumor, and to confirm a suspected diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome or of scapholunate ligament tear, to give a few examples. In the outpatient clinic, sonography is now to the hand surgeon as the stethoscope is to the cardiologist. With the use of sterile gel and a cover for the probes, sonography now goes to into the operating room and helps for exposure and minimally invasive repair. It can be combined to electrostimulate nerves, for C-arm imaging, or for arthroscopy. Sonography can “simply” be used to guide a difficult dissection of fibrotic tissue, to preserve important neurovascular structures.

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Ideal for orthopedists and those in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Hand Clinics presents the latest in patient management trends and updates on the newest advances in the field. Published four times a year—in February, May, August, and November—each issue covers a single topic in hand surgery, including anatomy, distal radium fractures, carpal metacarpal and phalangeal injuries, tendon injuries, overuse syndromes, and more.
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