Distal radius fracture alignment and stabilization can be a surgical challenge in the face of severe comminution and bone loss. We describe a technique using a calcium phosphate/sulfate bone cement, as an adjunct to internal fixation. This bone cement is biocompatible, osteoconductive, and sets quickly with an isothermic reaction. The use of bone cement eliminates the need for primary autologous bone grafting and allows for easier reduction and retention of reduction at the time of surgery. Bone cement is employed for the following purposes in comminuted fractures: (1) to fill a void due to lost or crushed cancellous bone, (2) to hold larger unstable fragments while hardware is placed, and (3) to retain fragments too small to take hardware. Available bone cements, studies involving the use of bone cement for distal radius fractures, indications, and surgical technique will be reviewed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Hand surgery : an international journal devoted to hand and upper limb surgery and related research : journal of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand|
|State||Published - 2011|
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