The Matti-Russe procedure involves operative treatment of a non-unified scaphoid fracture by placing a wedge-shaped bone graft from the iliac crest into the scaphoid fracture site, followed by fixation with Kirschner wires (K-wires) 1.
Alternatively the bone graft can be taken from the distal radius 2.
History and etymology
The technique is named after Dr H Matti and Dr O Russe who described it in 1937 and 1960 respectively 3.
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