DISTAL RADIUS FRACTURE FIXATION
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What Is A Distal Radius Fracture Fixation?
Distal radius fracture fixation is a surgical procedure used to stabilize and align a fractured radius bone, which is one of the two forearm bones, at its distal (wrist) end. Distal radius fractures are common injuries, especially in older individuals with osteoporosis or after a fall onto an outstretched hand. The goal of the fixation surgery is to restore the normal alignment of the bone, promote proper healing, and improve wrist function.
The surgical approach for distal radius fracture fixation may vary depending on the specific fracture pattern, the patient’s age and overall health, and the surgeon’s preference. Common methods of fixation include:
- Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF): In this procedure, an incision is made over the fractured area, and the bone fragments are carefully realigned (reduced) to their proper position. Internal fixation devices, such as plates, screws, or pins, are then used to hold the bone fragments in place during the healing process.
- External Fixation: External fixation involves the use of metal pins or wires placed through the skin and into the bone above and below the fracture site. These pins are connected to an external frame or device outside the body, providing stability and holding the bone in the correct position while it heals.
- Volar Locking Plate: A volar locking plate is a type of specialized plate that is placed on the palm side (volar side) of the wrist. It provides stable fixation and allows early wrist movement while the bone heals.
- External Fixator Combined with Volar Plate: In some complex fractures, a combination of external fixation and volar locking plate may be used to achieve optimal stability and alignment.
The choice of fixation method depends on various factors, including the fracture pattern, patient age, bone quality, and the surgeon’s expertise.
Recovery and Rehabilitation: After distal radius fracture fixation surgery, the patient may need to wear a splint or cast to protect the wrist and allow for proper bone healing. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are often prescribed to start early motion exercises and regain wrist strength and function gradually.
Recovery times can vary depending on the extent of the fracture, the type of fixation used, and the individual’s response to the surgery. It is essential for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to monitor healing and progress.
As with any surgical procedure, distal radius fracture fixation carries potential risks and complications, including infection, nerve or blood vessel injury, non-union (failure of the bone to heal), and implant-related issues. However, most patients can expect good outcomes and improved wrist function after successful distal radius fracture fixation and rehabilitation.