Ulnar shortening osteotomy after Colles fracture

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Ulnar shortening is well accepted in the treatment of ulnar abutment but less so in patients with a shortened radius and ulnar-sided wrist pain as a result of a Colles fracture. Sixteen patients with pain and reduced range of movement ( ROM) and a median preoperative ulnar positive variance of 5 mm ( range 0.5 - 11) had 17 osteotomies. Nine were male and seven female with a median age of 35 ( range 15 - 55) years were operated on. Fifteen patients with 16 osteotomies could be reached for follow-up. The ulna was shortened by a median of 4.5 mm ( range 3 - 12). The median pain score was reduced by 3 points ( range 0 - 5). Postoperative ROM was improved in nine, unchanged in six, and reduced in one wrists. There were four complications: one re-fracture, two transient paraesthesiae, and one superficial infection. Seven of the patients regarded the result as excellent, six as good, three as fair, and none regarded it as poor. Thirteen of the 16 would have chosen the operation again, three would not.


  • K Petersen
  • M Breddam
  • Peter Jörgsholm
  • H Schroder
Research areas and keywords

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  • Surgery


  • positive variance, ulnar, ulnar impaction, ulnar shortening osteotomy, fracture sequelae
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-177
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Reconstructive Surgery (013240300)