Choosing length and contouring the plate
Choose the length of a one-third tubular plate as determined by preoperative planning. At least two screws must find a secure hold in each of the distal and the proximal fragments. Usually a five- or six-hole plate is used.
Before the plate is applied, it must be contoured.
Contouring is best done with the help of an appropriate aluminum template. The plate should fit the contour of the bone surface perfectly throughout its entire length.
Place the contoured plate firmly onto the bone, and determine the position of the first proximal screw near the fracture site.
Remove the plate.