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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 82-B, Issue 8 | Pages 1204 - 1204
1 Nov 2000

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 82-B, Issue 3 | Pages 340 - 344
1 Apr 2000
Jakob M Rikli DA Regazzoni P

Stable fixation of fractures of the distal radius can be achieved by using two 2.0 mm titanium plates placed on the radial and intermediate columns angled 50° to 70° apart. We describe our results with this method in a prospective series of 74 fractures (58 severely comminuted) in 73 consecutive patients.

Early postoperative mobilisation was possible in all except four wrists. All of the 73 patients, except two with other injuries, returned to work and daily activities with no limitations. The anatomical results were excellent or good in 72 patients and fair in one.

Our discussion includes details of important technical considerations based on an analysis of the specific complications which were seen early in the series.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 78-B, Issue 4 | Pages 588 - 592
1 Jul 1996
Rikli DA Regazzoni P

Fractures of the distal end of the radius should be treated on the same principles as other fractures involving joints. Displaced articular fractures require open reduction to allow anatomical reconstruction of both the radiocarpal and the radio-ulnar joints. For extra-articular fractures with severe comminution and shortening this enables the radial length to be re-established achieving radio-ulnar congruency.

Stable internal fixation can be achieved with two 2.0 AO titanium plates placed on each of the ‘lateral’ and the ‘intermediate’ columns of the wrist at an angle of 50° to 70°. This gives good stability despite the tiny dimensions of the plates, and allows early function. We report a series of 20 fractures treated by this method of internal fixation with satisfactory results in all.