Outcomes of Supplementary Spring Wire Fixation With Volar Plating for Volar Lunate Facet Fragments in Distal Radius Fractures.

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BACKGROUND: Intra-articular distal radius fractures with small volar lunate facet fragments can be challenging to address with volar plate fixation alone. Volar locked plating with supplementary spring wire fixation has been previously described in a small series but has not been further described in the literature. We hypothesized that this technique can provide adequate fixation for volar lunate facet fragments smaller than 15 mm in length, which are at risk of displacement. METHODS: We completed a retrospective chart review (2015-2019) of patients who underwent volar locked plating with the addition of supplementary spring wire fixation for intra-articular distal radius fractures with a volar lunate facet fragment (<15 mm). Postoperative radiographs were assessed to evaluate union, evidence of hardware failure, escape of the volar lunate facet fragment, and postoperative volar tilt. Clinical outcome was assessed with wrist flexion/extension, arc of pronosupination, and Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Score (QuickDASH) scores. RESULTS: Fifteen patients were identified, of which all went on to fracture union. There were no hardware failures or escape of the volar lunate facet fragment at final follow-up. One patient underwent hardware removal for symptoms of flexor tendon irritation. The mean wrist flexion was 59°, wrist extension was 70°, pronation was 81°, and supination was 76°. The mean QuickDASH score was 18.5. The mean postoperative volar tilt was 3.6°. CONCLUSIONS: Supplementary spring wire fixation with standard volar plating provides stable fixation for lunate facet fragments less than 15 mm. This technique is a safe and reliable alternative to commercially available fragment-specific implants.

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Cited Authors

  • Fogel, N; Shapiro, LM; Roe, A; Denduluri, S; Richard, MJ; Kamal, RN

Published Date

  • November 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1163 - 1169

PubMed ID

  • 33319593

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9608301

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-9455

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1558944720976404


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States