We’d like to introduce you to Jerry! Jerry, a 76 year old competitive softball player, suffered from severe wrist pain for years. Eventually, he was confined to the bench during softball and everyday tasks (that we tend to take for granted), such as tying his shoes and driving, became painful and cumbersome.
A few years ago Jerry made an appointment with Dr. In Sok Yi at Peak Orthopedics in Colorado. Back then, the only option was to fuse (four-corner fusion) his wrist joint, which would considerably restrict his range of motion and activity level. He wasn’t ready to accept that his softball days were over so he decided to postpone surgery as long as possible.
In 2015 the pain became unbearable. Jerry returned to Dr. Yi who introduced a new solution that had recently been cleared by the FDA, the Arthrosurface WristMotion Hemiarthroplasty Implant system. The WristMotion Implant solution, unlike a four-corner fusion, would allow Jerry to maintain his range of motion and return to the activities he was missing. The WristMotion Hemiarthroplasty Implant is performed in conjunction with a Proximal Row Carpectomy (PRC) to replace an arthritic or incongruent capitate (wrist). It expands the treatment options for Type II and III scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) and scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) wrists.
A little over a year after his surgery, Jerry is back playing softball, pitching, batting and playing first base! Watch his full journey in the video below: