Comparison of three different plating techniques for the dorsum of the distal radius: A biomechanical study

  • Peine R
  • Rikli D
  • Hoffmann R
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Three different plating techniques were used on experimentally produced dorsally displaced distal radius fractures in cadavers and were tested in 4- point bending: a AO 3.5-mm T plate (group 1), two 2.0-mm titanium plates 60°to each other (group 2), and the AO π plate (group 3). A metaphyseal defect was simulated by a dorsally open wedge osteotomy. The tests show that the 2- mm double-plating technique has superior stiffness and statistically equivalent bending and bone gap to failure compared with the AO 3.5-mm T plate or the π plate when applied to the unstable distal radius fracture model. Copyright (C) 2000 by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Distal radius fracture
  • Plating

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