Use of an internal fixator device to treat comminuted fractures of the distal radius: report of a technique.

James Louis Becton, G. L. Colborn, J. A. Goodrich

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Abstract

An internal fixator technique for stabilizing comminuted Colles fractures has been developed in the anatomy laboratory and used in 35 clinical cases. The Colles Fracture Plate (Biomet, Inc, Warsaw, Indiana) can be used to treat any comminuted Colles fracture for which an external fixator is considered proper management. We have determined, based on our surgical experience with both the internal and external fixator techniques, that internal fixation using the Colles Fracture Plate is technically just as simple as external fixation. In addition to requiring a significantly less expensive device, internal fixation using this technique offers the advantages of better patient acceptance and fewer complications. This report will be followed by a more comprehensive analysis of the technical outcome of this procedure to further substantiate the initial results presented here. The process of compiling and analyzing these data is under way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-623
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume27
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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