Screw length pitfalls
Ensure that a screw of the correct length is used.
- Too short screws do not have enough threads to engage the cortex properly.
This problem increases when self-tapping screws are used due to the geometry of
- Too long screws endanger the soft tissues, especially tendons,
ligaments and neurovascular structures. With self-tapping screws, the
cutting flutes are especially dangerous, and great care has to be taken that
the flutes do not protrude beyond the cortical surface.