Arthroscopic Treatment of Radial Head Fractures

  • Raul Barco
  • Samuel A. Antuña


Displaced fractures of the radial head may be effectively treated arthroscopically. Arthroscopic treatment offers the advantage of improved visualization of the joint and associated injuries while minimizing soft tissue aggression and preservation of the lateral ligamentous complex and joint capsule. Postoperative mobilization should be guided by the associated injuries, but in the absence of these, immediate range of motion exercises can be readily started after the operation, and return to sports activities can be expected as soon as 6 weeks postoperatively.

Complications associated to the procedure are general to elbow arthroscopy. Specific considerations include avoiding a distal anterolateral portal to avoid PIN injury and to avoid excessive soft tissue swelling.


Radial head fracture Arthroscopic Technique Fixation Osteosynthesis Elbow trauma 

Supplementary material

Video 77.1

Arthroscopic-assisted reduction and function of radial head fracture (M4V 21054 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raul Barco
    • 1
  • Samuel A. Antuña
    • 1
  1. 1.Shoulder and Elbow Unit Hospital Universitario La PazMadridSpain

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