previous section: 4/9 page: 3/4 next

4Reduction and fixation of the articular block

Definitive articular surface fixation

Screws may be placed along the periphery of the articular surface of the lateral femoral condyle going from lateral to medial to compress the intercondylar split.

These screws may be fully threaded 3.5 mm lag screws (shown with gliding hole), 6.5mm partially threaded lag screws, or 4.0/4.5 mm cannulated, partially threaded lag screws.

Insertion of screws in this manner leaves a „free zone“ of bone into which a laterally based plate system can be inserted (dotted circle).