Intraarticular Distal Radius Fracture Open Reduction Internal Fixation

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Purpose:Intraarticular distal radius fractures are often treated with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) through a volar approach. This common approach, however, is technically demanding to restore the articular surface of the radiocarpal joint while respecting soft tissue integrity. The purpose of this video is to demonstrate the surgical technique of volar plate fixation of an intraarticular distal radius fracture.Methods:A 32-year-old patient who sustained multiple injuries including an intraarticular distal radius fracture was treated with ORIF by a volar approach.Results:Exposure is performed through a standard flexor carpi radialis approach. The intraarticular fracture of the distal radius is reduced, and a volar plate is applied. Careful measurement of screw length is described in detail to minimize postoperative tendon irritation. Closure of the soft tissues is completed and early postoperative rehabilitation is emphasized.Discussion:Multiple, varied techniques for fixation of intraarticular distal radius fractures are described in the literature. As demonstrated in this video of ORIF with a volar plate, attention to articular reduction, soft-tissue protection, and postoperative rehabilitation are key components used to achieve good clinical outcomes.

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