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Scand J Surg. 2008;97(4):290-6; discussion 296-7.

Operative treatment of distal radius fractures.

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Dextra Hand Clinic, Helsinki, Finland.


The incidence of distal radius fractures is increasing together with the average age of population. Intra-articular incongruity is the most probable cause of unsatisfactory outcome of distal radius fractures in younger and more active patients. Thus, the main goal in the treatment of distal radius fractures should be restoration of articular congruence. A computed tomography (CT) is recommended to help surgeon in preoperative planning in the treatment of comminuted intra-articular fractures. New implants have been designed to provide stable enough fixation for early mobilisation after surgery and to lower rather high complication rates related to conventional fixation methods such as external fixation and dorsal plating. The most common complications related to volar fixed angle plating such as flexor and extensor tendon problems, median nerve neuropathy, and screw diplacement into the radiocarpal joint are surgeon related and are avoidable with proper education. More randomized prospective studies are needed to prove superiority of any fixation method to another.

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