Outcome of External Fixator in Distal Radius Fractures
Mohammad Faheem Iqbal, Sikandar Ali, Shaheryar Aziz, Dildar Ahmed Khan, Abdul Samad Qureshi
Aim: To determine the success of external fixator in distal radius fractures in patients presenting in a tertiary care hospital.
Study Design: Descriptive case series
Place and Duration of Study: Department of Orthopaedic, Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital Lahore from 7th May 2016 to 7th November 2017.
Methodology: One hundred and fifty diagnosed patients of distal radial fractures were included. Demographic characters like age, sex and address will be recorded. Surgery will be performed on the same day or one day later and consisted of closed reduction and fixation with a external device using two threaded rods in the second metacarpal and another two radial rods. All the rods were 3.5mm. The external fixator will be removed 6 weeks later.
Results: There were 114(76%) males and 36(24%) were females with mean age was 45.17±10.37 years. Overall the success rate was 72% in patients treated with external fixator.
Conclusion: External fixator is good for the treatment of radius fractures as it show more than good rate of success in both patients whether male or female
Key words: Outcome, External fixator, Distal radius fracture, Success