Coronal Plane Deformity Correction in Distal Radius Fracture Fixation With the Volar Locking Plate


The goal of treatment for distal radius fractures is anatomic articular reduction and restoration of coronal and sagittal plane alignment, rotation, and angulation of the metadiaphyseal component of these fractures. This article presents a reproducible technique for restoring coronal plane alignment of the metadiaphyseal component of the fracture using an indirect reduction maneuver leveraging the volar locking plate as an indirect reduction aid. After applying an appropriately sized volar locking plate, the first screw is placed in the center of the shaft of the plate. Next, the distal row of subarticular locking screws is placed to neutralize a reduced articular surface. The shaft screw is subsequently loosened, and two Freer elevators are used to rotate the plate, indirectly translating the distal articular block and achieving improved coronal plane alignment. Last, the remaining diaphyseal screws are applied to appropriately neutralize the fracture. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 27(2):160–163, 2018)
Key words: coronal deformity, distal radius, fracture, locking plate, technique, volar

SKU: JSOA-2018-27-2-S14 Categories: , Tags: , , , , ,

Arun Aneja, MD, PhD; T. David Luo, MD; Eric B. Lerche, DO; Jason J. Halvorson, MD; and Eben A. Carroll, MD