Anterolateral surgical approach to the malunited distal radius fracture for corrective osteotomy and bone-graft harvest.
The most common complication after distal radius fractures is union with deformity. When symptomatic, distal radial malunions may require operative intervention. Numerous approaches to the distal radius have been described. Most volar approaches involve sectioning the brachioradialis and opening the first extensor compartment to permit adequate exposure. When bone graft is required, this may necessitate a separate incision and further add to the morbidity. We present an alternative anterolateral surgical approach to the distal radius, which allows for excellent exposure, and minimal trauma to the tendons while permitting harvest of local bone graft through the same incision.