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Background: Intraarticular comminuted fractures of the distal radius require relatively accurate restoration of the anatomy of the distal radius to achieve good functional recovery. Out of the various methods used these days for treating these fractures, external fixation is being used most commonly to maintain the reduction achieved by ligamentotaxis. The ideal duration for application of the external fixator is still a matter of debate, and the prescribed duration range varies from 3 weeks to 12 weeks. Methods: We prospectively used external fixators in 35 patients with these fractures and kept them in 17 patients for 8 weeks and in 18 patients for 5 weeks and compared the anatomical and functional results at 6 months. Results: there was no statistically significant difference in the clinical or radiological results in these 2 groups of patients. Conclusion: We recommend that the fixator be kept for a period of 5 weeks as no additional advantage is gained after fixator use for longer periods.