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7Reduction of the metaphysis/diaphysis

Frontal plane alignment

Frontal plane alignment

With one of the reduction aids listed previously, you can get an approximate alignment of the metaphyseal/diaphyseal fracture, once the articular block has been reconstructed. Then, with the open technique, the next priority is to establish the correct placement of the plate on the distal femur. Place the Condylar LCP onto the lateral femoral condyle. On the AP view, the guide wire placed through the central hole should be parallel to the tibio-femoral joint surface.

Note: The distal edge of the Condylar LCP is usually 1.5 cm from the distal condylar articular surface.