Faisal’s Technique to Closely Manage Volar Barton’s Fracture: A Pilot Study

  • Faisal Masood
  • Ranjit Kumar Sah
  • Ahmad Humayun Sarfaraz
Keywords: Volar barton, Mehara classification, Pattee and Thompson


This study was conducted to establish the efficacy of closed reduction and percutaneous pinning (CRPCP) in management of volar Barton’s fracture by Faisal Technique. Methods: A total of 10 cases of volar Barton’s fracture fulfilling our inclusion and exclusion criteria were included in our study from August 2015 to August 2016. These cases, presented at our department, were managed with closed reduction under image intensifier by dorsiflexing the wrist and reducing the fragment by ligamentotaxis and percutaneous pinning in anti-glide fashion from dorsal proximal (intact cortex) aspect of distal radius and engaging the volar fragment aiming the subchondral cortex and were supplemented with short arm cast application in volar flexion. The outcome was evaluated using Pattee and Thompson functional criteria at 6 month. Also the percentage of union and time to union were evaluated. Results: The mean age of total ten patients was 29.8± 3.20 years (25-35 years). We achieved union in 100% of the patient at mean time of 8.20 ± 0.92 weeks (7-10 weeks). There were 20% (n=2) cases with excellentand 80% (n=8) cases with good outcome according to Pattee and Thompson criteria. We had two cases (20%) with pin-tract infection that were managed with dressing and oral antibiotics according to culture and sensitivity. There were no loss of reduction Conclusion: Our pilot study demonstrates good result with CRPCP (Faisal’s Technique) in volar Barton’s fracture and warrants further randomized control trial study to establish its efficacy in such cases.