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.