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Correction of Extra-articular Distal Radius Malunions Using an Anatomic Radial Plate

Dunn, John MD*,†; Martin, Kevin DO*,†; Pirela-Cruz, Miguel A. MD, FACS

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: September 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 162–168
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e318299c7c1
Techniques

Malunion is a debilitating complication of a distal radius fracture. The malunion often requires a corrective osteotomy to restore the stability and joint congruity about the distal radius, a procedure which offers tremendous benefits in terms of pain, strength, and functionality. Here we describe a unique technique to address the malunion of an extra-articular distal radius fracture using a radial anatomic plate. This is a simple and reproducible method of fixation involving straightforward anatomy, which does not require excessive radiography, and which represents an excellent choice of fixation in the distal radius malunion.

*William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Paul L Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso, El Paso, TX

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to John Dunn, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Paul L Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso, 4801 Alberta Avenue, El Paso, TX 79905. E-mail: john.c.dunn@us.army.mil.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins