The Acumed Anatomic Midshaft Forearm Plating System offers marked hardware improvements over traditional straight plates. The system can be used to treat fractures, fusions, and osteotomies of the radius and ulna. It can also be used in conjunction with the Acumed Forearm Rod System for a less invasive approach to both-bone fractures of the diaphyseal region. The Anatomic Midshaft Forearm Plating System includes Midshaft Ulna Plates, Volar Midshaft Plates, and Dorsolateral Midshaft Radius Plates.
The First Precontoured Radius Plates
Due to the sagittal bow of the radius, plating with contoured plates in the sagittal plane improves rotation when compared with straight plates.1 Additionally, for every 5-degree in radial curvature, a 15-degree loss in ROM may occur.1
Two Contoured Radius Plate Options
Acumed offers two plate types for the radius, including volar and dorsolateral approach options.
Precontoured Plate Advantages
Precontoured plates may act as templates to restore forearm geometry, decrease surgery time in comparison to non-precontoured plates, and re-establish pronation and supination.
Plate Design Features
Tapered plate ends may reduce stress on bone and risk of secondary or subsequent fracture adjacent to the plate. A limited-contact design may ease compression of the periosteum to minimize the decrease in blood supply to the healing zone.
Innovative instrumentation includes a swiveling plate clamp, an angled drill guide, and a soft tissue spreader to aid in plate implantation.
Volar Midshaft Plates
When used as templates, precontoured plates are intended to help restore forearm geometry and assist in reestablishing pronation and supination.
Dorsolateral Midshaft Radius Plates
Precontoured plates are designed to help restore radial bow and may reduce the need for intraoperative bending, thereby reducing the risk of implant weakening that may come with bending of traditional implants.