Surgical correction of distal radius malunions using an anatomic radial locking plate

Alexander J. Hutchinson*, John C. Dunn, Miguel A. Pirela-Cruz

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Background: Correction of a distal radius fracture malunion is challenging technically. These malunions most classically deform dorsally, but often the deformity involves three planes. Methods: Using an anatomically designed radial plate that takes into consideration the three planes, correction of the deformity can be obtained. In this video we see a patient with a classic dinner fork deformity that is associated with a dorsal malunion involving the distal radius. Correction of a distal radius malunion can be performed using a radial approach and an anatomic radial plate. Results: The authors have used this technique for difficult distal radius fracture malunions and have achieved superb correction, returning patients to early range of motion and an active lifestyle. Conclusions: Careful mobilization of the branches of the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve and the superficial branch of the radial nerve is required. This technique affords the surgeon excellent access to three sides of the radius to help perform this complex surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-656
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Distal radius
  • Malunion
  • Radial approach
  • Radial locking plate


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