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Plate fixation

The plate should sit 2-4 mm lateral to the bicipital groove and 5-7 mm below the tip of the greater tuberosity.

Positioning wires (for plate location)

To ensure appropriate plate position, somewhat obscured by a small incision, it helps to place temporary K-wires that can be used for radiographically controlled guidance.

Insert 2 positioning K-wires, one at the lateral border the bicipital groove and the other at the tip of the greater tuberosity.

The anterior positioning K-wire sets the location for the anterior edge of the plate, 2-4 mm lateral to the bicipital groove.

The proximal positioning K-wire determines the proximal edge of the plate, 5-8 mm distal to the tip of the greater tuberosity.