Saving Tendons on Distal Radius Fractures: A Simple Surgical Pearl to Prevent FPL Tendon Conflict with Volar Locking Plates

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Injury to the flexor pollicis longus (FPL) tendon is one of the most frequent complications when fixing distal radius fractures with the volar locking plates. The author proposed a simple surgical technique providing a reliable soft tissue protection to prevent friction on the FPL with the volar locking plate, using a flap of the FCR sheath sutured to attachments of the volar capsule on the lunate buttress facet of the distal radius.

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