Introduction: Volar Bartonís fractures are not uncommon and are usually unstable injuries. Over the years, convincing treatment
methods have been controversial. Various surgical techniques
have been reported in the literature, but open reduction and
internal fixation using a volar plate system is currently advocated.
Methodology: 20 consecutive closed volar Bartonís fractures were treated with open reduction and internal fixation with locking
compression plate, and their functional and clinical outcomes were assessed prospectively. The mean age of the patients at the
time of the operation was 37.8 years (range 24-54 yrs). The fractures were followed-up for a mean of 12 months (range 9-24
Results: All 20 fractures healed without major complications. The wrist function was satisfactory in 90% of the cases according
to the system described by Gartland and Werley.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that open reduction and internal fixation of volar Bartonís fracture with locking compression
plate is an effective treatment option and results in satisfactory functional outcome.
Volar Bartonís fracture, Locking compression plate