Dorsal fixation of intra-articular distal radius fractures using 2.4-mm locking plates

Kevin Lutsky, Kathleen McKeon, Charles Goldfarb, Martin Boyer

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Displaced, unstable intra-articular distal radius fractures are usually treated with reduction and fixation to allow early motion and minimize the potential for development of posttraumatic arthritis. The dorsal surgical approach allows direct visualization of the articular surface to ensure an anatomic reduction. Low profile, locked plates have minimized the unacceptable complication rates previously associated with dorsal plates. This study reviews the historical perspective, indications, technique, complications, and rehabilitation for dorsal, locked plate fixation of intra-articular distal radius fractures. The authors report a strategy for simplifying the fixation of these fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-196
Number of pages10
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Distal radius fracture
  • Dorsal approach
  • Locked plate fixation


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