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Distal Radius Fracture 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 two bones of the forearm. The patient is positioned so that the doctor 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 palm side of the forearm to access the end of the radius. The broken bones are carefully realigned.

Stablilizing the Radius:

A metal plate shaped to fit the contours of the radius is inserted 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 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. Therapy is usually required after.

Remember, these are general guidelines and may not apply to you and your fracture. Ask your doctor for specifics in your case. Your doctor knows that returning to activities is important to you.