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3Plate selection and contouring

If available, a low profile plate should be used, as soft tissue irritation is a common postoperative problem. 

If the distal fragment is small, fixation may be more secure if a condylar T-plate is used.

The plate is contoured so that as it sits on the bone, with the fracture reduced anatomically, its central portion overlying the fracture stands about 1 mm off the cortex. This ensures that as the screws are tightened, and the plate is pulled to the bone, compressive force is also applied to the far cortex.