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Plate and Screw Fixation

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Evolution of Plate and Screw Fixation

Plates and screws are commonly utilized for fracture fixation in long bones and some short tubular bones of the hands and feet. Some of the basic principles of fracture fixation are as follows:

  • fractures should be reduced to restore anatomic alignments
  • fractures should be treated with a fixation method that provides stability
  • there must be enough blood supply to allow for the body to heal the injury
  • treatment should allow for early and safe mobilization of the injured area

Every fracture is different and should be managed with methodology that best suits the patient and injury pattern. The aforementioned principles are utilized by orthopaedic surgeons to ensure optimal outcomes post operatively.

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