Fracture-specific Distal Radius Plates
The invention provides an improved distal radius locking plate having a body comprising a shaft portion and a head portion. The shaft portion is adapted for receiving bone screws to fix the bone plate to a shaft of the radius. The head portion includes a first head section and a second head section. The first and second head sections extend laterally away from a longitudinal axis of the shaft portion in generally opposite directions, generally forming a T-shape. The first and second head sections are configured and arranged to secure a plurality of bone screws in the radius. Further, the plate may be configured with one or more prongs that can attach to small bone fragments. The plate of the present invention can be used as a guide in reducing the fracture prior to fixation since the plate has a precontoured shape matching the shape of an unfractured distal radius.; The plate of the present invention may be sized and configured to match the contour of the palmar lip of the lunate facet. Alternatively, the plate of the present invention may be sized and configured to match the contour of the floor of the fourth extensor compartment.
EGLSEDER W ANDREW [US]
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