Editors: Marc Garcia-Elias, and Christophe L. Mathoulin
Publisher: Thieme – 167 pages
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

This unique book – with a lot of images and well-organized materials including brief introductions, summaries, conclusions, and references in its chapters – is focused on complex intra-articular wrist injuries that are not extensively covered in other texts.  It provides a reasonably good picture of their clinical, radiographic and therapeutic features. It is an important one for all physicians and surgeons who encounter these challenging cases.

Forty-eight physicians and surgeons, including a variety of specialists in orthopedics and plastic surgery, authored or coauthored the 28 chapters of this book, listed below to give you an overview of what you will find for study, review, or a quick glance. The contributors are from a dozen countries: Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

  1. Introduction
  2. A Fresh Look at Distal Radius Anatomy
  3. Surgical Approaches to the Wrist Joint
  4. Imaging of Articular Injury of the Wrist
  5. Trapezium, Trapezoid, and Capitate Fractures
  6. Hamate and Hook of the Hamate Fractures
  7. Fractures of the Pisiform Bone
  8. Proximal Row Fractures (Other than Scaphoid and Pisiform Fractures): Triquetrum and Lunate Fractures
  9. Undisplaced Scaphoid Fractures
  10. Displaced Scaphoid Wrist Fractures
  11. Scaphoid Proximal Pole Fractures
  12. Perilunate Dislocations
  13. Scaphocapitate Fracture-Dislocation
  14. Fracture-Dislocations Other than Perilunate
  15. Partial Tears of the Scapholunate Ligament
  16. Arthroscopic Dorsal Capsuloligamentous Repair                                                                in the Treatment of Chronic Scapholunate Ligament Tears
  17. Open Treatment of Scapholunate Ligament Disruptions
  18. Lunotriquetral Dissociation
  19. Radiocarpal Dislocation
  20. Intra-articular Fractures of the Distal Radius                                                                                (AO types C3, with Special Focus in C3.3), Open Approach
  21. Intra-articular Fractures of the Distal Radius                                                                   (AO type C3), (Dry) Arthroscopic Approach
  22. Unstable Ulnar Styloid Fracture
  23. Natural History of Traumatic TFCC Tears
  24. Triangular Fibrocartilage Tears
  25. Galazzi Fracture Dislocation
  26. Complex Open Fracture-Dislocations of the Wrist
  27. Role of Hand Therapy in the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures
  28. Role of Hand Therapy on the Treatment of Wrist Instability

Among the benefits of owning and using this book are:

  • Each chapter written by a renowned international specialist who has pioneered significant advances in the field in the last five years
  • Presents a detailed review of surgical approaches to acute intra-articular wrist injuries, ranging from partial ligament tears to the most complicated dislocations
  • Provides an overview of basic wrist anatomy, biomechanics, injury classification, clinical presentation, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment recommendations
  • Includes discussions of the most promising minimally invasive treatments, especially arthroscopically guided fracture reduction
  • Highlights all concepts in nearly 500 instructive, beautifully drawn surgical diagrams, radiographs and intra-operative photographs



Marc Garcia-Elias, MD, PhD is Consultant in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Institut Kaplan in Barcelona, Spain. He is Secretary-General of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH).

Christophe L. Mathoulin, MD, PhD is Head of the Hand Surgery Department at Institut de la Main at Clinique Jouvenet. He is Founder and Honorary Chairman of the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS) in Paris, France.



Amr Mohamed Aly, MD – Cairo, Egypt
Jonny K. Andersson, MD – Gothenburg, Sweden
Emmaneul Apergis, MD, PhD – Athens, Greece
Andrea Atzei, MD – Treviso, Italy
Berthold Bickert, MD – Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pier Paolo Borelli, MD – Brescia, Italy
Michel Boutan, MD – Saint Paul de Dax, France
Geert A. Buijze, MD, PhD – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Raquel Cantero Tellez, PhD, OT, PT – Malaga, Spain
Katerina Cermak, MD – Brussels, Belgium
Damien Cheval, MD – Brest, France
Jean Michel Cognet, MD – Reims, France
Zoe H. Dailiana, MD, PhD – Larissa, Greece
Joseph J. Dias, MBBS, FRCS, MD – Leicester, UK
J.P.W. Don Griot, MD, PhD – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Nicola Dreant, MD – Nice, France
Frederic Dubrana, MD, PhD – Brest, France
Christian Dumontier, MD, PhD – Nice, France
Angel Ferreres, MD, PhD – Barcelona, Spain
Marc Garcia-Elias, MD, PhD – Barcelona, Spain
Nicolas Gasse, MD – Besancon, France
Carlos Heras-Palou, MD, FRCS – Derby, UK
Peter Jorgsholm, MD – Vejle, Denmark
Anastasios V. Korompilias, MD – Ioannina, Greece
Thomas Kremer, MD – Heidelberg, Germany
Dominique Le Nen, MD, PhD – Brest, France
Daniel Lepage, MD – Besancon, France
Tommy Lindau, MD, PhD – Derby, UK
Francois Loisel, MD –Besancon, France
Riccardo Luchetti, MD – Rimini, Italy
Marios G. Lykissas, MD – Ioannina, Greece
Konstantinos N. Malizos – Larissa, Greece
Christophe L. Mathoulin, MD, PhD – Paris, France
Fabian Moungondo, MD – Brussels, Belgium
Lauren Obert, MD – Besancon, France
Francisco del Pinal – Santander, Spain
Karl-Josef Prommersberger, MD – Bad Neustadt, Germany
Katrin Riedel, MD – Heidelberg, Germany
Marco J.P.F. Ritt – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Severin Rochet, MD – Besancon, France
Michael Schadel-Hopfner – Neuss, Germany
Johan Scheer, MD, PhD – Linkoping, Sweden
Frederic Schuind, MD, PhD – Brussels, Belgium
Luc de Smet, MD, PhD – Pellenberg, Belgium
Magnus Tagil, MD, PhD – Lund, Sweden
Dominique Thomas, RPT, CHT – Grenoble, France
Sokratis E. Varitimidis, MD, PhD – Larissa, Greece
Abhijeet L. Wahegaonkar, MD, MCh (Orth), FACS – Pune, India