Percutaneous Pin Fixation for Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures

Abstract

Fractures of the distal radius are among the most frequently encountered injuries by the orthopaedic surgeon. The ideal definitive treatment of these fractures, however, remains a subject of debate. Closed reduction and percutaneous pinning offers a reliable, minimally invasive technique for fixation of two-part and three-part distal radius fractures, with excellent long-term results. The surgical technique is relatively straightforward, may be performed in a relatively short amount of time, and is relatively inexpensive compared with alternative surgical options for comparable fractures. In this article we present and demonstrate our surgical technique for percutaneous pinning of distal radius fractures, and provide an overview of reported outcomes and complications of this procedure.

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