Phalangeal fractures are the second most common upper extremity fracture.
Although many can be treated with splinting, operative intervention may be
required for unstable fracture patterns and those involving the articular surface.
Failure to appropriately treat these fractures can result in finger stiffness, loss in
range of motion, and functional deficits. The type of fixation method can range
from percutaneous pinning to open reduction and internal fixation. This article
presents a series of cases to illustrate the appropriate management of phalangeal
fractures using an evidence-based approach.
After viewing this course, the participant should be able to:
- Describe treatment options for phalangeal fractures.
- Choose an appropriate fracture management plan that optimizes patient goals and range of motion.
- Describe closed and open reduction techniques of commonly encountered phalangeal fracture patterns.
Nishant Ganesh Kumar, M.D.; Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S.
Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery®Editors: Editor-in-Chief: Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Co-Editor: James M. Stuzin, MD
Section Editors: Donald H. Lalonde, MD; John YS Kim, MD
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: 1.0
Patient Safety Credit: 0.5
Media:Journal Article, video
Release Date: 1/1/2021
Expiration Date: 1/1/2024
Estimated time to complete this course: 1 hour
*Course access ends on course expiration date
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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The ASPS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This educational activity is intended for plastic surgery practitioners, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in translating expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rohrich, MD is the Principal/Co-Principal Investigator of research grants awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from Medicis, Mentor, and Contura Pharmaceutical. All research funds are provided directly to UT Southwestern. Dr. Chung has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Kumar has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Lalonde is a consultant for ASSI Instruments. Dr. Kim and the faculty have no disclosures. All ASPS staff members managing this activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.
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