J Korean Fract Soc.  2012 Jul;25(3):197-202.

Comparative Analysis of the Results of Fixed-angle versus Variable-angle Volar Locking Plate for Distal Radius Fracture Fixation

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Myong-Ji Hospital, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea. hand0123@kd.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
To compare the outcomes of distal radius fractures in a fixed-angle volar locking plate group and variable-angle volar locking plate group.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Forty-one patients observed at least 6 months after surgery were included in this retrospective study. We used the range of motion, visual analogue scale score, Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Questionnaire score, and radiologic findings to measure the clinical results.
RESULTS
No differences in clinical results or radiologic results were noted between the fixed-angle volar locking plate group and variable-angle volar locking plate group.
CONCLUSION
We believe that it is important to minimize complications by using appropriate screws and plates according to the fracture type, though no differences in the surgical outcome were noted between the fixed-angle volar locking plate group and variable-angle volar locking plate group with distal radius fracture.

Keyword

Distal radius; Fixed-angle volar locking plate; Variable-angle volar locking plate

MeSH Terms

Arm
Hand
Humans
Surveys and Questionnaires
Radius
Radius Fractures
Range of Motion, Articular
Retrospective Studies
Shoulder
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