HISTORY OF THE RADIUS PLATE 3.5
Pioneer in the development of stable-angle implants
In 2003, an idea became a development project between Dr. med. Uwe Petereit and Königsee Implants. Together they developed the world’s first stable-angle distal radius plate 3.5 and received the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” award. With this implant, three stable-angle screws in the plate head were possible for the first time. An absolute novelty in the field of osteosynthesis.
Classic as a pioneer
The anatomical shape of the plate in combination with the angular stability or variable angular stability made it possible to treat all extra-articular and almost all intra-articular fractures without supplementary measures. Monoaxial angular stability had the advantage of always forcing reduction to near anatomical conditions. In intra-articular comminuted fractures, the variable angular stability offered an excellent prerequisite for positioning the screws adapted to the individual fracture situation.
Suitable products for every fracture
The distal radius plate 3.5 was constantly improved and further developed in collaboration with Dr. med. Uwe Petereit, and so the original “Classic” variant gave rise to the additional product variants Vario, Minor, Quadro and Twin. The Classic and Minor radius plates were available as stable-angle and variable-angle versions.
The decision to take our long-standing flagship, the distal radius plate 3.5, off the market in the near future was very difficult for us. However, a new generation of radius plates already meets the high requirements of modern implants, taking into account the different fracture shapes. Our new radius plate range delivers better functional results and convinces with a reduced complication rate.
Facts about the Radius Plates 3.5
The “Classic” had 3 holes in the head area and was available in angle-stable and variable angle-stable versions. The further development “Vario” had 3 connected holes for screws in the head area. Our “Minor” also had 3 holes in the head area, but a narrower head width. It was also available in angle-stable and variable angle-stable versions. “Quadro” convinced with 4 holes in the head area for better fracture care. And the last development in the family of radius plates 3.5 was the “Twin”. It had 2 rows with a total of 5 holes in the head area.
OTHER RADIUS PLATES FROM OUR DEVELOPMENT
Radius plate 2.0 for more flexibility in fragment fixation
As early as 2004, we expanded our range to include the Radius Plate 2.0/3.5. in cooperation with Dr. med. Klaus-Dieter Haselhuhn. Due to the smaller screw dimensions, it offers the possibility to use more screws in the plate head and thus fix more bone fragments. This implant is available as a dorsal and palmar version.
Radiusplatte 2.7 with Adapted anatomical shape
In the next development step, the variable angle stable distal radius plate 2.7 was created with Dr. med. Klaus-Jürgen Maier. The focus here was on the use of thinner screws in the plate shaft. Furthermore, a two-row screw arrangement in the head area was created in order to be able to fix small fragments. The plates are available with two different head widths, the narrow version with 5 head holes and the wide version with 7 head holes. The screws can be inserted at an angle of ± 15°.
With the radius plate 2.4 even closer to the optimal supply
In 2017, Königsee Implants responded to the demand for thinner, slimmer plates. Together with Dr. med. Markus Graf, the variable-angle stable distal radius plate 2.4 was developed, which in addition to the thinner design also had a flattened plate head to prevent soft tissue irritation. The 2.4 radius plate is also available with two different head widths, one with 7 head holes and one with 9 head holes in 2 rows. In 2020, together with Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Joosten, a further variant of the distal radius plate 2.4 was launched, which takes into account positioning along the watershed line.
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