Updated: 10/9/2017

Metacarpal DCP Plating for Transverse Fracture

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Preoperative Patient Care

A

Outpatient Evaluation Management

1

Obtain focused history and performs focused exam

  • concomitant and associated orthopaedic injuries
  • differential diagnosis and physical exam tests

2

Prescribes and manages nonoperative treatment

  • orders appropriate orthosis

3

Makes informed decision to proceed with operative treatment

  • documents failure of nonoperative management
  • describes accepted indications and contraindications for surgical intervention

4

Provides postoperative management and rehabilitation

  • 2 week postoperative visit
  • remove sutures
  • check for consolidation on radiographs
  • diagnose and management of early complications
B

Advanced Evaluation and Management

1

Provides post-op management and rehabilitation

C

Preoperative H & P

1

Perform basic medical and orthopaedic history and physical

  • check neurovascular status
  • check range of motion

2

Perform operative consent

  • describe complications of surgery including
  • malunion
  • delayed union or nonunion
  • pin site or surgical wound infection
  • extensor tendon adhesions or ruptures
  • MCP or interphalangeal capsular contractures

Operative Techniques

E

Preoperative Plan

1

Execute surgical walkthrough

  • describe the steps of the procedure verbally prior to the start of the case

2

Description of potential complications and steps to avoid them

F

Room Preparation

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Surgical Instrumentation

  • DCP plating system

2

Room setup and Equipment

  • standard operating table
  • hand table

3

Patient Positioning

  • patient placed in the supine position with hand on hand table
  • place tourniquet high on the affected extremity
G

Dorsal Longitudinal Incision

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Mark and make the incision

  • make a skin incision over the center of the fractured metacarpal

2

Identify the neurovascular structures

  • identify and protect the dorsal sensory nerve branches
H

Fracture Exposure

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Expose the fracture extraperiosteally

  • identify the radial and ulnar margins
  • this helps in achieving appropriate reduction
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Plate Placement

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Measure the correct size DCP plate

2

Place the correct size plate

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Provisional Fixation

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Fix the plate

  • provisionally fix the plate by clamping the plate to the bone proximally
  • the most commonly used plates are 2.0 to 2.5 mm

2

Add a subtle concave bend to the plate before its application

  • this helps compress the volar cortices

3

Check the alignment

  • check the sagittal and coronal plane alignment by direct inspection of the fracture site
  • assess the rotation clinically with the aid of tenodesis
K

Definitive Fixation

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Place screws in compression mode

  • achieve at least 4 cortices of fixation in both the proximal and distal fragments

2

Check the alignment and reduction

  • check the anatomic fracture reduction with fluoroscopy
L

Wound Closure

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Close the periosteum and soft tissues

  • close the periosteum and the interosseous muscle fascia over the plate
  • this provides a smooth gliding surface for the extensor mechanism

2

Superficial closure

  • close the skin with 3-0 monocryl suture

Postoperative Patient Care

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Perioperative Inpatient Management

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Write comprehensive postoperative orders

2

Orders appropriate inpatient occupational and physical therapy

3

Discharges patient appropriately

  • write for pain meds
  • schedule follow up appointment in 2 weeks
R

Complex Patient Care

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Comprehensive pre-op planning/alternatives.

2

Modify and adjust post-op plan as needed

 

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