A wide copolymer bioresorable plate offers increased structural stiffness following heated contouring of the plate to various diameters which increases its resisting moment of inertia. The increase in bending and torsional stiffness of this design is measured as a function of cross-sectional radius of curvature achieved. Its structural stiffness is compared to three other standard fixation methods used for metacarpal fracture. Substantial increases in stiffness are found after contouring of the wide bioresorbable plate to fit diameters similar to those found in metacarpal bones.

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