previous section: 5/5 page: 1/4 next

5Plate application


A straight wrist fusion plate or a standard 3.5 plate is contoured and slightly bent to fit the dorsal side of the distal radius, the carpus and the third metacarpal, holding the wrist in slight extension.

The aim is to hold the carpus in the correct relationship to the radius for the multiple fragments to heal in a reasonable approximation to an anatomic position.