We performed 45 wrist arthrodeses in 43 patients by a modification of the AO technique using the dynamic compression plate. Radiological follow-up was obtained in 41 wrists; all had united at a mean of ten weeks. Clinical follow-up was obtained in 32 wrists. Subjectively, the surgical outcome was satisfactory in 26, marginally satisfactory in two and unsatisfactory in four. This method is safe and reliable. The plate can be contoured to allow a variety of positions of fusion, and gives rigid immobilisation. The rate of union is higher than that for other techniques.