Radial Neck Fracture: Open Reduction
Radial neck fractures account for 5–10% of all elbow injuries and are associated with concomitant injuries in 30–50% cases. The treatment algorithm for these fractures generally involves a graduated approach from closed to percutaneous and finally open methods. Outcomes of open treatment may be unpredictable, and it is generally considered a last resort as it is thought to be associated with worse outcomes. However, fractures requiring open treatment tend to be more severe and it is difficult to determine the cause of the outcome. In patients with severe displacement, planned open treatment should be considered to minimize iatrogenic trauma to the tissues. This chapter discusses indications and open treatment of radial neck fractures.
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