Anatomical reduction of intra-articular fractures of the distal radius: An arthroscopically-assisted approach

Janak A. Mehta, Gregory I. Bain, Ronald J. Heptinstall

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Abstract

We treated 31 intra-articular fractures of the distal radius by arthroscopically-assisted reduction and percutaneous fixation with Kirschner (K-) wires. Tears of the triangular fibrocartilage (58%), scapholunate (85%) and lunotriquetral (61%) instability and osteochondral lesions (19%) were also treated. A total of 26 patients was independently reviewed at an average of 19 months. The mean pain score was 1.3/10, the range of movement 79% and the grip strength 90% of the contralateral wrist. Using the New York Orthopaedic Hospital score, 88% were graded excellent to good. On follow-up radiographs, 65% had no step and 31% had a step of ≤1 mm. Pain was significantly related to the size of the step. There was a significant difference in the incidence of persistent scapholunate diastasis and the Leibovic and Geissler grade (p < 0.01): I (0%), II (0%), III (42%) and IV (100%). We recommend anatomical reduction and acceptance of a step of < 1 mm since the size of the step is related to the incidence of pain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalJOURNAL OF BONE AND JOINT SURGERY-BRITISH VOLUME
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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