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2Choice of implant

Determining the required length of the Condylar LCP

Plate length/number of screws

Modern plating techniques result in the maintenance of vascularity around the fracture site and relatively longer plates are used than in previous decades. In general, 4 to 5 screws should be chosen in each of the distal femur and proximal femur. A plate length should be chosen that allows for an approximately similar number of empty plate holes in the proximal femur.

The preoperative x-ray planning template is useful in determining the required length of the Condylar LCP and the positions of the screws.