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3Radial plate fixation

Restoring radial length

The correct length of the radius in relation to the ulna should be established preoperatively by taking radiograph of the opposite wrist.  The length of the radius in relation to the ulna is then achieved by inserting a unicortical screw just proximal to the proximal end of the plate, and then using a spreader, as illustrated, to move the plate gently distally.