1. Fracture-dislocations of the proximal interphalangeal joint of a finger results in marked damage to the joint most needed for good function of the finger. Extensive articular destruction is frequently present and is not visualized by standard roentgenograms.
2. Maximum restoration of joint motion can best be achieved by anatomical restoration of joint contour and alignment.
3. We believe that early open reduction and internal fixation, skillfully performed, is the best method to restore maximum function.
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