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4Contouring and insertion of the plate

Contouring and insertion of the plate

Contouring the plate

Contouring of the plate over the fracture site is normally not necessary. However, it is necessary to contour the ends of a conventional plate to address the anatomical shape of the proximal and distal femur.

A plastic femur bone can be used in a sterile bag as a template for the plate contouring maneuver.

A locking plate does not have to be contoured at all. However, to avoid soft-tissue irritations, slight contouring may be necessary.

In the minimally invasive technique, contouring is more demanding than in the open technique, requiring preoperative x-rays and planning, images of the fluoroscopic intensifier and a more experienced surgeon.