Radial head fractures are commonly surgically treated with either a plate and screws or a radial head replacement. The...
Radial Head Fracture Surgery
Evolution of Radial Head Fracture Surgery
The goal of surgical intervention with radial head fractures is to restore normal elbow biomechanics and stability. Historically, this was performed with and open reduction and internal fixation. Due to advance in implant technology the radial head replacement/arthroplasty was developed. The goal of arthroplasty is to mimic the natural anatomy of the radial head prior to suffering a fracture. In restoring the radial head via arthroplasty, the goal is to achieve a stable elbow. Nonoperative treatment with early range of motion may be considered as well dependent on the patients age, injury severity, functional status prior to the injury, and multiple other factors.