Volar plate fixation of distal radius fractures

Hand Clin. 2005 Aug;21(3):347-54. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2005.02.003.


Volar fixed angle fixation may be considered as the beginning of a new era in restoring wrist function to patients with dorsally displaced distal radius fractures even in the face of comminuted or osteopenic bone. A thorough understanding of the anatomy of the wrist is a prerequisite when volarly approaching dorsally displaced distal radius fractures. The demonstration of the device theoretical and practical advantages requires an appreciation of the basics of working length, principles of plate stability, and the effect of cantilever bending. Volar fixed angle fixation successfully improves wrist function and significantly prevents the complications of the dorsal approach previously intractable to treatment. The current advantages, indications, clinical results, and complications of this new technology are being reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone Plates*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / adverse effects
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
  • Humans
  • Radius / anatomy & histology
  • Radius Fractures / surgery*