Excision of the hook of hamate in athletes using the carpal tunnel approach

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Background: Hook of the hamate fractures can be managed conservatively or fixed using a screw, but excision is recommended for prompt return to activities. Although various approaches have been described, there is no gold standard. Herein, the authors have described their clinical experiences in excising the hook of the hamate using the carpal tunnel approach, in athletes. Methods: A total of 36 athletes underwent excision of the hamate hook using the carpal tunnel approach. The mean age of the patients was 23 years, and most of them were baseball players (n = 31). Results: The mean operation time was 33 min. None of the patients presented with any complications aside from transient pillar pain in five cases. All of them returned to their sports activities within an average of 27 days. Conclusions: In our study, excision of the hook of the hamate was performed safely via the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel approach reportedly provides superior benefits over other approaches.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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