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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for Kienbock’s Disease in Palm Beach. This condition, also known as avascular necrosis of the lunate, leads to gradual degenerative changes in the wrist. Arthritis eventually develops leading to pain and difficulty using the wrist with daily activities.

Kienbock's Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

Healthy Lunate and Lunate Deterioration


There is no established cause for Kienbocks disease, however there may be many factors that can possibly contribute. The lunate is one of the wrist bones in contact with the forearm that allows the wrist to bend. In Kienbock’s, the blood supply to this bone is interrupted. It is thought the shape of the wrist bones can be a contributing factor. A short ulna and abnormal lunate shapes have been shown to be more prevalent in those with Kienbock’s. Trauma, medications, and inflammatory diseases have also been associated.



Incisions for Kienbock’s procedures are highly variable; its best to discuss the independent procedure with Dr. Rueda at the time of your visit so you know the location, length, and details of the operation. In some cases the disease may be treated using stainless steel K-wires placed through the skin with no need to make incisions. In some other cases it may require more complex surgeries including bone shortening or wrist salvage procedures. Those who require wrist salvage procedures require an incision that is usually located in the area shown below:

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Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Kienbock's Disease Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for Kienbocks treatment. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best Kienbocks disease treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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