Intramedullary fixation of unstable distal radius fractures. A method of fixation allowing early motion.

Title

Intramedullary fixation of unstable distal radius fractures. A method of fixation allowing early motion.

Creator

Bennett G L; Leeson M C; Smith B S

Publisher

Orthopaedic review

Date

1989
1989-02

Description

During a four-year period, we have treated unstable fractures of the distal radius with closed anatomic reduction and insertion of a Rush intramedullary rod through a small dorsoradial wrist incision, followed by early controlled range of motion. In an attempt to reduce the stiffness commonly seen in the fingers, wrist, and elbow, a simple method of more stable fixation and early motion was instituted. Patient assessment using common anatomic and functional classification systems revealed good to excellent results in 35 of 36 patients (98%). Only three patients had complications, and these were all minor in nature. Three rods were removed, all because of prominence and irritation of the tip of the rod over the radial styloid. The procedure is technically reproducible, and has a very high rate of patient acceptance and satisfaction.

Subject

Adult; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Aged; Follow-Up Studies; Radiography; Joint Instability/diagnostic imaging/*surgery; Postoperative Complications/diagnostic imaging; Radius Fractures/diagnostic imaging/*surgery; Wrist Injuries/diagnostic imaging/*surgery; 80 and over; Fracture Fixation; Intramedullary/*methods

Rights

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Pages

210–216

Issue

2

Volume

18

Citation

Bennett G L; Leeson M C; Smith B S, “Intramedullary fixation of unstable distal radius fractures. A method of fixation allowing early motion.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed August 4, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5309.

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