ePlasty: Vol. 16
Distal Radius Fracture in a Surgeon's Dominant Wrist
Eric Gallagher, MDa, Peter Howard, MDa, and Todd Ruiter, DOa,b

aDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo and bBorgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Mich

Correspondence: todd.ruiter@borgess.com
Keywords: distal radius fracture, modified Henry approach, utilitarian dorsal approach, occupational hand therapy, surgeon's wrist fracture


A 33-year-old right-hand dominant surgeon fell, sustaining a comminuted, dorsally displaced, intra-articular right distal radius fracture. Closed reduction was performed, followed by open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) utilizing a dorsal approach. On postoperative day 6, range of motion was begun, followed by aggressive 5 days per week occupational hand therapy. She returned to her operative practice without restrictions after 7 weeks.


1. What are the indications for ORIF of distal radius fra .......