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Anatomic Distal Fibula Plate

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Evolution of Anatomic Distal Fibula Plate

There are a few different options when deciding how to operatively manage a lateral malleolar fracture. The modality most commonly utilized by orthopaedic surgeons is applying an anatomic distal fibula plate. These plates are often contoured to match the native anatomy of the distal fibula.

After reducing the fracture in the operating room, a single plate is applied to the outer surface of the fibula bone and fixed to the bone using screws. This plate helps maintain anatomic reduction of the fracture to allow the body to heal the bone over time. Although seldom, some patients may experience some irritation from these plates over time necessitating their removal down the road.

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