Fractures of the hand and fingers are among the most commonly reported injuries experienced among the general population. Broken...
Plate and Screw Fixation
Evolution of Plate and Screw Fixation
Plates and screws are commonly utilized for fracture fixation in long bones and some short tubular bones of the hands and feet. Some of the basic principles of fracture fixation are as follows:
- fractures should be reduced to restore anatomic alignments
- fractures should be treated with a fixation method that provides stability
- there must be enough blood supply to allow for the body to heal the injury
- treatment should allow for early and safe mobilization of the injured area
Every fracture is different and should be managed with methodology that best suits the patient and injury pattern. The aforementioned principles are utilized by orthopaedic surgeons to ensure optimal outcomes post operatively.
The VariAx© Hand Plating System offered by Stryker offers a wide variety of variable angled locking and non-locking plate options to treat the various types of hand fractures encountered. Since these plates are small and fit into the hands, they can be bent utilizing surgical instruments to best fit each patient’s individualized anatomy.
The plates are made to be thin enough to prevent irritation to the surrounding soft tissue (referred to as “low profile”), but strong enough to maintain a stable fixation. Altogether, this hand plating system provides a wide variety of options for surgeons to choose from in order to treat most fractures found in the hand.