Midshaft Both Bone Forearm Fracture: Plate Fixation
Forearm fractures are among the most common pediatric fractures. The location of the fracture and the age and skeletal maturity of the patient determine how much deformity can be tolerated and therefore which treatment methods are best. For adolescent patients with displaced both-bone forearm fractures, open reduction and plate fixation enable an anatomic reduction. In general, a volar approach to the radius and a subcutaneous approach to the ulna are used. Appropriately sized plates can range from 1.5 to 3.5 mm depending on the age and size of the patient.
References and Suggested Readings
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