J Korean Fract Soc.  2008 Jul;21(3):220-224. 10.12671/jkfs.2008.21.3.220.

Volar T-Locking Compression Plate for Treatment of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. bkc@dsmc.or.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate outcomes volar T-locking compression plate for treatment of unstable distal radius fractures.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
We retrospectively analysed the results in 35 cases, which were treated by volar plating with T-LCP. We evaluated the clinical results according to the Mayo wrist scoring system and radiographic results.
RESULTS
The mean score was 83.86 respectively. Between preoperative and immediate postoperative radiographic measurements, averaged radial length was improved from 5.75 mm to 11.53 mm, radial inclination from 12.86 degrees to 22.56 degrees, volar tilt from -3.64 degrees to 9.90 degrees and intraarticular step-off from 1.48 mm to 0.42 mm. Between immediate postoperative and latest follow-up radiographic measurements, mean loss of radial length measured 0.43 mm, radial inclination 0.46 degrees, volar tilt 0.89 degrees.
CONCLUSION
Treatment of unstable distal radius fractures using a volar T-LCP showed satisfactory outcomes. We think that it is good surgical option to allow return to daily living, result in early postsurgical wrist motion.

Keyword

Distal radius; Unstable fracture; T-locking compression plate; Volar approach

MeSH Terms

Follow-Up Studies
Radius
Radius Fractures
Retrospective Studies
Wrist
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