Complex distal radius fractures: An anatomic algorithm for surgical management

Peter Charles Rhee, Robert J. Medoff, Alexander Y. Shin

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Abstract

Most distal radius fractures result from low-energy mechanisms and can be successfully treated nonsurgically or with a variety of surgical techniques if indicated. High-energy distal radius fractures can involve extensive comminution or bone loss with concomitant ligament, softtissue, and neurovascular injuries. In patients with complex distal radius fractures, reconstruction of the distal radius, ulna, and triangular fibrocartilage complex can be challenging. Effective restoration of the bony architecture requires intimate knowledge of the anatomy of the distal radius, a thorough understanding of the goals of treatment, versatility in surgical approaches, and familiarity with multiple fixation options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-88
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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