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Locked plates versus conventional plates

Internal fixators

The new generation of plates act as “internal fixators”. This is achieved by locking the screw heads into the plate via a thread in the screw head. In contrast to conventional plates, these implants fix the fractured fragments in the determined position without the screws loosening, which could lead to secondary displacement.

In case of healthy bone structure, monocortical angular stable screws are applied. As an alternative, bicortical angular stable screws can be chosen, especially in case of osteoporosis, or a combination of monocortical and bicortical screws can be chosen.