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5Plate insertion

Position on the distal femur

Proper position check - Position on the distal femur

When the plate lies flat on the lateral surface of the condyle, it has been positioned correctly on the distal femoral articular block.

Readjust plate position, if necessary, and insert the central guide wire into the distal femoral articular block. A second guide wire in one of the 5.0 mm screw holes will secure provisional fixation of the plate to the femoral condyle. Its position can then be confirmed radiographically.

Prior to proceeding, confirm plate head placement. Use clinical examination and the image intensifier to confirm that:

  • the guide wire inserted through the 7.3 mm central hole is parallel to both the tibio-femoral joint plane and the patellofemoral joint.
  • the guide wires inserted through any of the four most distal 5.0 mm screw holes in the head of the plate are parallel to the tibio-femoral joint plane.