Surgical Exposures of the Wrist

Abstract

The neurovascular, muscular, and ligamentous anatomy of the carpus and hand is complex. Therefore, precise exposures are required to avoid iatrogenic injury. The purpose of this review is to highlight important and frequently used approaches to the distal radius, radiocarpal joint, and carpal rows. Indications for each approach, extensile measures, and tips and techniques to avoid common complications are reviewed in detail. Dorsal and volar approaches to the wrist are the focus.

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