Twenty-nine diaphyseal fractures of the forearm in twenty-one patients were treated by the double-plate method with primary bone union in 100 per cent of them. Complications were two refractures after removal of the plates and screws, one minor infections, and two cases of radio-ulnar synostosis. Funtional results in the majority of cases were excellent.
The double-plate method provides rigid internal fixation, anatomical restoration of the bone, obviation of external immobilization, and early restoration of function.
It is our impressions that, even though the double-plate method is technically difficult, it may have much to offer its the solution of the many problems encountered in the management of forearns fractures in adults.
Copyright 1965 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated