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Arthroscopic reduction of intra-articular distal radius fractures: practical explanations, tips and tricks

Epublication WebSurg.com, Sep 2011;11(09). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03encognet002

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The interest of wrist arthroscopy for the treatment of intra-articular fractures of the distal radius has been demonstrated in the literature for several years. This surgical technique requires specific instrumentation, like a tower traction, small size optics and small tools. Once the stabilization of the wrist has been performed (using K-wires or plates), an arthroscopic control allows to appreciate the reduction of the fracture, and to diagnose and treat ligamentous injuries. Reduction of the fracture is sometimes not sufficient and can be carried out under arthroscopic control using K-wires as a joystick. This surgical technique needs a learning curve to be able to treat difficult articular fractures of the distal radius. Using arthroscopy, the follow-up of operated articular fractures of the distal radius is easier for the surgeon and the patient.