Management of Complex Distal Radius Fractures: Review of Treatment Principles and Select Surgical Techniques

Peter Charles Rhee, Alexander Y. Shin

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Abstract

Most distal radius fractures are the result of low-energy mechanisms that can be successfully treated either non-operatively or with a variety of operative techniques if indicated. Complex distal radius fractures occur most commonly in high-energy injuries with extensive comminution or bone loss and associated soft tissue or vascular injuries. These high-energy fractures can present many challenges in reconstructing the distal radius. Effective restoration of the bony architecture requires a thorough knowledge of distal radius anatomy, understanding of the goals of treatment, versatility in surgical approaches, and familiarity with multiple fixation options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-154
Number of pages15
JournalThe journal of hand surgery Asian-Pacific volume
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Column model
  • Complex distal radius fracture
  • Distraction bridge plate fixation
  • External fixation
  • Fragment-specific fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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