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2Planning the plate insertion

Determination of the plate length by measuring from the template

Plate length determination

Determine the plate length by measuring from the template.

It should be remembered that the medial aspect of the femur is angled 20°-25° inwards and 15 mm should be subtracted from the apparent length to ensure that the blade does not perforate the medial aspect of the femur.

Conventional templating has in the past been performed with plain x-rays. Many departments around the world now have digital pictures archiving communication systems (PACS). Some companies now provide digital templates to accommodate these systems.