Treatment of distal radius fractures with palmar plates and locking screws. Comparisson of two different types of plate


distale radius fracture ; palmar plate ; complications

Published online: Jan 08 2021

Jonas Declerq, Szabolcs Benis, Wim Vanhove, Nadine Hollevoet

From the Ghent University Hospital, Belgium


Various plating systems are available to fix distal radius fractures, each with a specific design. The purpose of this study was to compare radiological outcome and complications of the Variable Angle LCP Plate 2.4-mm (DePuy Synthes) with the VariAx volar locking plate (Stryker). One hundred patients (103 wrists) operated on for a distal radius fracture were retrospectively reviewed with a mean follow-up of 3.5 years. Seventy-three wrists were treated with a DePuy Synthes plate and 30 with a VariAx plate. The overall complication rate was 32%. Nineteen cases underwent revision surgery, 18 had malunion and 3 complex regional pain syndrome. Complicaton rate was 43% with DePuy Synthes plates and 27% with Variax plates, but the difference was not significant.