Avoiding and Treating Perioperative Complications of Distal Radius Fractures

Peter C. Rhee, David G. Dennison, Sanjeev Kakar

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Numerous methods of treatment are available for the management of distal radius fractures, with modern trends favoring volar fixed-angle distal radius plates. Whatever the method of fixation, recognition, management, and prevention of the known associated complications are essential to achieve a good outcome. This article reviews the common preventable complications that are associated with operative treatment of distal radius fractures, including tendon injuries, inadequate reduction, subsidence or collapse, intra-articular placement of pegs or screws, nerve injuries, complex regional pain syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and compartment syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2012


  • Distal radius
  • Fracture
  • Perioperative complication
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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