Current Concepts in Locked Plating


Approaches to internal fixation have become more biologic. Greater emphasis is placed on vascularity and soft tissue integrity. Locked plates, analogous to rigid internal fixators, can provide relative stability favorable to secondary fracture healing. If applied appropriately, they can avoid soft tissue compromise. The key to this new generation of plates is the locking mechanism of the screw to the plate, which provides angular stability and avoids compression of the plate to the periosteum. Favorable biomechanical and clinical results continue to expand the number of appropriate indications for use of locked plating devices, although exact indications for their use have yet to be precisely defined. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 15(3):173–176, 2006)

Robert D. Zura, MD, and James A. Browne, MD