Dorsal Spanning Plate


  • Designed to support a dorsal approach to distal radius 
  • Anatomically contoured with a low profile 
  • Used worldwide for complex articular fractures 

The Dorsal Spanning Plate

The Geminus dorsal spanning plate is specifically engineered to support dorsally displaced and comminuted fractures of the distal radius. Choosing a dorsal approach to radius affords you direct access to the site of the fracture and in complex articular fractures it provides exposure to the joint’s surface. The dorsal plating system works to support and reduce the displaced fracture fragments with its anatomically contoured shape and low profile. 


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    A dorsal spanning plate is a type of orthopaedic implant used to treat fractures or injuries to the bones of the hand, wrist, or forearm. The “dorsal” aspect of the name refers to the plate being placed on the back of the bone, known as the dorsal side. The plate is shaped to fit over the top of the affected bone, extending across the fracture site. It is then secured to the bone with screws to help hold the bone in place while it heals. Dorsal spanning plates are commonly used in cases of comminuted fractures, distal radius fractures or fractures involving the joint surface. 

    A dorsal spanning plate is used when there is a fracture or injury to the bones of the hand, wrist, or forearm. The plate is used to stabilise the bones and ensure the fracture heals properly. Dorsal spanning plates are usually only used in severe cases of fracture healing especially when non-surgical treatments such as casting or splinting prove to be less effective than surgery. In some cases, surgery may be required due to the location of the fracture and type of fracture including: 

    • Fractures involving the joint surface 
    • Comminuted fractures  
    • Fractures of the distal radius  
    • Fractures of the scaphoid bone 
    • Fractures of the metacarpal bones  

    There are several benefits to using a dorsal spanning plate including: 


    A dorsal spanning plate provides stability to the affected bone which prevents further damage and promotes proper healing of the fracture. 

    Reduced pain 

    Due to the stability of the bone, a dorsal spanning plate can help to reduce the pain associated with a fracture and make the recovery process more comfortable. 

    Specific benefits of using the plate will depend on the individual patient’s needs and the specifics of their injury which will be explored fully during a consultation. 

    A dorsal approach to radius refers to the surgical technique used to gain access to the bones of the wrist and forearm. This is usually done through a small incision made on the dorsal side ( back of the hand). 

    Compared to other surgical approaches, the dorsal approach to the radius is minimally invasive and can lead to less scarring and a faster recovery time. However, the suitability of this approach will depend on the specifics of the injury and the individual patient’s needs and what the surgeon determines to be the best approach.  

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