Ichiro Okutsu

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The treatment of fracture dislocations of the proximal interphalangeal joint often results in pain and stiffness. A small dynamic external finger fixator was designed to maintain the reduced position of the dislocated middle phalanx and allow early active range-of-motion exercise. Four patients with acute unstable fracture dislocations and three with old(More)
In forty-six patients who had carpal tunnel syndrome, a technique of continuous infusion, given under local anesthesia and without a pneumatic tourniquet, was used to measure pressures in the carpal canal before and after endoscopic release of the transverse carpal ligament (retinaculum flexorum manus). Pressures were similarly measured in sixteen subjects(More)
This article describes a subcutaneous endoscopic operative procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome and analyzes its effectiveness using electrophysiological data. Subcutaneous transverse carpal ligament release under universal subcutaneous endoscope (USE) was performed using local anesthesia without pneumotourniquet in 54 hands of 45 patients since June 1986.(More)
The roof of the carpal tunnel (or canal) consists of the distal portion of the flexor retinaculum, the flexor retinaculum (or the transverse carpal ligament) and the proximal portion of the flexor retinaculum. We tried to determine which anatomical structures were relevant to complete endoscopic carpal tunnel decompression in long-term haemodialysis(More)
The purpose of this paper is to compare the results of our endoscopic management of carpal-tunnel syndrome caused by long-term haemodialysis to that with no apparent cause (idiopathic). We have operated on 551 hands in 370 patients using the Universal Subcutaneous Endoscope system under local anaesthesia without a pneumatic tourniquet on an out-patient(More)
BACKGROUND Dialysis-related amyloidosis is one of the chronic the complications of haemodialysis. We conducted an investigation of dialysis-associated amyloidosis in extremely long-term survivors. METHODS Twenty-one patients on haemodialysis for more than 30 years ('30+' group) and 13 patients on haemodialysis for 20-30 years ('20-30' group) at Sangenjaya(More)
Endoscopes are mainly used to study the internal structures of organs and tissues with inherent space. These include the gastrointestinal tract, abdominal space and joint space. The standard endoscope, however, cannot be used to evaluate tissues without such space. We have invented a new type of operation tube to be used with the arthroscope. This(More)
To determine which structures should be divided for complete release of the carpal canal, we studied the palmar structures in 12 embalmed and eight fresh cadaveric hands. In all hands, fibres run transversely between the thenar and hypothenar fascia, distal to the flexor retinaculum in a layer separate from it. In fresh cadaveric hands, we first released(More)
In 48 shoulders of 29 patients receiving long-term haemodialysis and complaining of intolerable shoulder pain, endoscopic resection of the coracoacromial ligament was performed under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis, using the Universal Subcutaneous Endoscope system. Predominant endoscopic findings were proliferation of the subacromial bursae and(More)