Craniolateral approach to radius
An incision is made through the skin and subcutaneous tissues extending from the level of the elbow to the distal aspect of the radius located between the extensor carpal radialis and the common digital extensor muscles proximally and between the tendons distally over craniolateral and cranial aspect of the radius, respectively.
Medial approach to the radius
In cases, where a medial plate is required, an additional medial incision is required.
The medial incision is made straight over the medial aspect of the radius extending from the proximal to the distal physis. If there is a wound on the medial side the incision is curved to avoid touching the wound, if possible.
The screws for the transphyseal bridge may be placed through stab incisions only.If multiple wires are to be placed, a more substantial exposure may be required. The incision extends from the medial aspect of the distal radial epiphysis proximal to a level approximately 5 cm proximal to the distal radial physis.