Volar distal radius plating

John R. Craw, Patrick Owens

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This chapter details essential steps of performing a volar distal radius plating internal fixation to treat displaced extra-articular or intra-articular distal radius factures. Dissection is carried down until the radial fracture is exposed and fully visualized; the fracture is reduced through traction followed by provisional fixation with a K-wire. Final fixation is achieved placing a volar distal radius locking plate. Indications, essential steps, postoperative care, possible complications, operative dictation, and references are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Dictations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319406312
ISBN (Print)9783319406299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Distal radioulnar joint
  • Distal radius
  • Flexor carpi radialis
  • Flexor pollicis longus
  • Internal fixation
  • Median nerve
  • Pronator quadratus
  • Radial artery
  • Radial sensory nerve branch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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