J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2008 Feb;43(1):112-117. 10.4055/jkoa.2008.43.1.112.

Ligament Reconstruction for the Posttraumatic Instability of the Carpometacarpal Joint of the Thumb: A Report of Three Cases

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hallym University Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea. jacobass@hallym.or.kr
  • 2Department of Orthopaedics, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.


Eaton and Littler's ligament reconstruction is used to treat carpometacarpal instability of the thumb using the flexor carpi radialis tendon. This procedure involves a reconstruction of the deep anterior oblique ligament in patients with post-traumatic prearthritic unstable joints. According to a recent paper, the dorsoradial ligament as well as the deep anterior oblique ligament plays an important role in stabilizing the trapeziometacarpal joint. We report three cases of post-traumatic instability in a prearthritic thumb that was treated with Eaton and Littler's reconstruction using the flexor carpi radialis tendon.


Thumb; Deep anterior oblique ligament; Dorsoradial ligament; Instability; Ligament reconstruction
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