Radial Head ORIF

Radial head fractures are very common and occur in almost 20% of acute elbow injuries. The most common cause of a radius head fracture is breaking a fall with an outstretched arm. Radial head fractures can also occur due to a direct impact on the elbow, a twisting injury, sprain, dislocation or strain. Treatment options for radial head fractures include conservative management, open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), fragment or whole-head excision, and radial head arthroplasty. ORIF is a surgical procedure in which the fracture site is adequately exposed and reduction of fracture is done. Internal fixation is done with devices such as Kirschner wires, plates and screws, and intramedullary nails.

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