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Arthroscopic Management of Distal Radius Fractures

Jupiter, Jesse B. MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: September 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 3 - p 134
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e31820e464a
Book Review

Hand and Upper Extremity ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalProfessor Orthopaedic SurgeryHarvard Medical School Boston, MA Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Francisco del Pinal, MD, Editor; Christophe Mathoulin, MD, and Riccardo Luchetti, MD, Co-Editors Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. 242 pages

The editors and contributing authors have produced a “State of the Art” book on the use of modern technology that is arthroscopy of the wrist, for the management of fractures of the distal radius and associated traumatic conditions. The chapters of this book are all clear and concise, well illustrated, and truly show the promise of arthroscopy in highly skilled hands. What is most impressive is the step-by-step diagrams that will offer the novice arthroscopist guidelines to follow in developing their “learning curves.”

The chapters extend from basic arthroscopic portals to the evaluation and treatment of both simple articular fractures to those involving multiple articular fragments. The reader will also be exposed to the arthroscopic assessment and management of triangular fibrocartilage complex lesions, intercarpal ligament disruptions, and associated scaphoid fractures—chapters all written by reknowned experts in the field.

What proves to be of great interest is the use of the arthroscope for the management of such conditions as postfracture stiffness, intra-articular malunions, and salvage procedures such as intercarpal fusions.

This book is a synthesis of a group of innovative surgeons, many of whom are members of the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society, who have taken this opportunity to share their experience with the reader in hopes of helping others in their care of difficult problems of the wrist using this new, yet well proven technology. This book should be used by all hand Surgery training programs in their education of future hand surgeons and by all involved in the assessment and management of fractures of the wrist and their sequelae.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.