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Wrist FAQ


I have wrist arthritis that has caused one of my bones to form calcium deposits. The doctor has suggested removing the painful bone (the pisiform). What will happen if a bone is just taken out of the wrist?


Removing the pisiform bone from the wrist is called a pisiformectomy. A recent study of 21 patients with pisiformectomy reported good results. Everyone got relief from their pain.

All but one person could use the wrist for any activity without pain. The one patient with pain reported problems only with strenuous wrist motion.

Everyone had wrist motion on the pisiformectomy side equal to wrist motion on the unoperated side. Wrist function didn't seem to be hampered by removing the bone.

Claudia Lamas Gómez, MD, PhD et al. Dysfunction of the Pisotriquetral Joint: Degenerative Arthritis Treated by Excision of the Pisiform. In Orthopedics. April 2005. Vol. 28. No. 4. Pp. 405-408.

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