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6Plate insertion

Insertion of the blade plate using the blade plate holding device

Plate insertion by use of the holding device

Insert the blade plate using the blade plate holding device, fitted so that the shaft of the device is parallel with the blade.

The blade should follow the path of the seating chisel precisely and remain parallel with the guide wire. The first half of the blade plate should be able to be pushed manually into the bone along the previous path of the seating chisel. If this is not possible the surgeon should question whether a false path is being developed.

Take care to control the alignment of the blade plate to the longitudinal axis of the femur.

Maintain counter pressure on the medial side of the distal femur while inserting the plate.