OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcome of various surgical options exercised in the management of different types of radial head fractures. METHOD: A retrospective study of 29 patients with radial head fractures managed surgically was undertaken. Case notes were retrieved, and final assessment was performed through a telephone questionnaire. The results were analysed according to the classification of Wesley et al (1983), and compared with the patients' own rating. RESULTS: The best results were obtained in Mason type II fractures, followed by type III and type IV fractures. Comparing different operations, the best outcome was observed with screw fixation, followed by excision of the radial head, Kirschner wire fixation, partial excision, silastic implant, and plating, in that order. CONCLUSION: The less comminuted a radial head fracture is, the better the outcome. Screw fixation is to be preferred, if technically possible. Our method of outcome assessment closely reflected in patient satisfaction.

Surgical management of radial head fractures.

MAFFULLI, Nicola
2001

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcome of various surgical options exercised in the management of different types of radial head fractures. METHOD: A retrospective study of 29 patients with radial head fractures managed surgically was undertaken. Case notes were retrieved, and final assessment was performed through a telephone questionnaire. The results were analysed according to the classification of Wesley et al (1983), and compared with the patients' own rating. RESULTS: The best results were obtained in Mason type II fractures, followed by type III and type IV fractures. Comparing different operations, the best outcome was observed with screw fixation, followed by excision of the radial head, Kirschner wire fixation, partial excision, silastic implant, and plating, in that order. CONCLUSION: The less comminuted a radial head fracture is, the better the outcome. Screw fixation is to be preferred, if technically possible. Our method of outcome assessment closely reflected in patient satisfaction.
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