Distal Radius Fracture Repair with Volar Plate

This procedure uses a metal implant to stabilize a fracture in the radius near the wrist. The radius is the largest of the bones of the forearm.


Preparation
The patient is positioned so that the surgeon has access to the palm side of the forearm. The area is cleaned and sterilized, and anesthetic is administered.

Accessing the Fracture
The physician creates an incision along the top of the forearm to access the end of the radius. The broken bones are carefully realigned.

Stabilizing the Radius
A metal plate shaped to fit the contours of the radius is inserted into the forearm and positioned against the bone. Screws are used to anchor the plate to the bone, stabilizing the radius.

End of Procedure and Aftercare
The incision is closed with sutures or surgical staples, and the arm is bandaged and placed in a splint. The patient will go home the same day. The patient may be placed in a cast or removable brace after the swelling from surgery decreases. Hand therapy is usually required.