chapter  20
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Minimally Invasive Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures with the MICRONAIL

Fractures of the distal radius are common injuries. The extensive

varieties of fracture patterns and patient populations in which

they occur have led to the development of numerous treatment

strategies. The treatment options include cast immobilization,

percutaneous pinning (1), external fixation (2-4), internal

fixation with plates (5-16), and a combination thereof (17,18).

Management is based on the fracture pattern, degree of displace-

ment, other associated injuries, and the individual patient’s

needs and demands. Internal fixation of these fractures has

grown in popularity with the recognition of the importance of

stable fixation and early motion of the involved extremity (19).