Introduction Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) with plate and screws represents the recommended treatment for unstable intra-articular distal radius fractures. Although significant progresses in surgical technique have been made, anatomical reconstruction of radio-carpal articular surface still represent a difficult task, especially in multifragmentary fractures. Available PEEK reinforced-carbon fiber composite radiolucent devices allow both an easier and more careful assessment of intra-operative reduction of the articular surface of distal radius and prompt correction of any residual step deformity. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed clinical and radiological multicentre results of 71 consecutive AO B and C fracture pattern of distal radius treated using the same PEEK reinforced-carbon fiber composite radiolucent plate. Results Three patients lost at final follow up and 4 cases with incomplete radiological documentations were excluded from the study. 64 patients (38 females, 26 males) were available and formed the basis of this report. Fracture types included 9 patients with 23-B, 13 patients 23-B2,15 patients with 23-B3,10 patients with 23-C1, 7 patients with 23-C2 and 10 patients with 23-C3. Mean Modified Mayo wrist Score was on average 38.11 (SD 10.1; range 24â75, 95%CI 34.7â41.4), 67.22 (SD 9.6, range 50â90, 95%CI 64â70.4), 90.54 (SD 6.3, range 75â100, 95%CI 88.4â92.6) at one, two and twelve months of follow-up, respectively. A statistically significant difference was found between mean scores at different follow-up periods (p = 0.001). We noted 1 case of distal screw fixation aseptic loosening at 5 months post surgical intervention. Conclusions PEEK reinforced-carbon fiber composite radiolucent plate represents a useful device for treatment of complex distal radius fractures in the adult population. It possesses unique biomechanical properties and allows for an easier anatomical reduction during surgical intervention.
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