Percutaneous K-wire fixation is still a useful technique for closed oblique phalangeal and meta-carpal fractures when an adequate closed reduction can be achieved. Lag screw fixation may be the best choice for open fixation of long oblique phalangeal and metacarpal fractures. For short oblique fractures, plating or tension band wiring is recommended. Plating provide rigid fixation to allow early mobilization; however, one may encounter frequent complications such as extensor lag, stiffness, or joint contracture when plating technique is used in phalangeal fractures. Tension band wiring technique at the phalangeal location may reduce such complications. Overall, successful outcomes of treating phalangeal and metacarpal fractures require a clear appreciation of fracture anatomy and pattern. It is mandatory for the treating surgeon to be familiar with all the treatment techniques discussed in order to tailor a specific technique for a particular injury and patient type.

Polls results

On a scale of 1 to 10, rate how much this article will change your clinical practice?

NO change
BIG change
85% Article relates to my practice (30/35)
5% Article does not relate to my practice (2/35)
8% Undecided (3/35)

Will this article lead to more cost-effective healthcare?

57% Yes (20/35)
34% No (12/35)
8% Undecided (3/35)

Was this article biased? (commercial or personal)

0% Yes (0/34)
91% No (31/34)
8% Undecided (3/34)

What level of evidence do you think this article is?

5% Level 1 (2/35)
11% Level 2 (4/35)
17% Level 3 (6/35)
37% Level 4 (13/35)
28% Level 5 (10/35)