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Cassio Ferrigno

Executive Editor

Amy Kapatkin

General Editor

Noel Moens

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Plate preparation

1. Non-locking plates

Traditional, non-locking plates, must be anatomically contoured to the surface of the bone.

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In most cases, minimal contouring of the central part of the plate is required.

The most proximal and distal region of the bone generally requires more contouring.

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2. Locking plates

Locking plates may need some contouring; they should not be more than 2 mm away from the surface of the bone.

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3. Compression plates

Compression plates must be prestressed to produce a 1-2 mm gap between the plate and the bone at the fracture sites. Over bending of the plate at the fracture lines ensures even compression across the fracture lines.

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4. Relation between plate function and load bearing

When using a compression or neutralization plate, the load is shared between the implant and the bone column. When using a bridging plate, the load is completely borne by the implant.

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