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.