Distal radius fractures are among the most common fractures treated by orthopaedic surgeons. Numerous techniques and implants have been devised to stabilize these fractures. The T-Pin® is a novel instrument designed to stabilize extraarticular distal radius fractures utilizing minimal surgical dissection. The T-Pin® allows for early active wrist range of motion promoting earlier return to functional activities.
The T-Pin® is threaded and affords better purchase of the fracture fragments
than commonly used smooth pins.
• Unstable extraarticular dorsally displaced distal radius fracture.
• Displaced radial styloid fractures.
• Displaced ulnar neck fractures.
This technique is useful for active patients because it is a:
• Relatively brief procedure
• Allows for a quick return of function
• The brief nature of the procedure, especially the limited incisions (1-2 cm) required to insert the pins, makes this procedure useful in the elderly and medically unstable populations because it can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.