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Dorsal Spanning Plate Fixation for Distal Radius Fractures

Dodds, Seth D. MD; Save, Ameya V. BS; Yacob, Alem MD, MSc

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 192–198
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3182a5cbf8
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In polytrauma patients, the presence of a multifragmentary distal radius fracture poses a challenge with respect to early mobilization. Dorsal spanning plate fixation is an alternative choice for these patients for providing definitive operative fixation of the distal radius fracture and for providing a construct to allow weight-bearing through the injured wrist for rehabilitative purposes. In this article, we describe the operative technique to place a dorsal spanning plate and provide a retrospective review of outcomes in polytrauma patients.

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

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 Seth D. Dodds, MD, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Physicians Building, 800 Howard Avenue, First Floor, New Haven, CT 06519. E-mail: seth.dodds@yale.edu.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins