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Locking plate technology and hybrid plating techniques: current concepts and review

Kazemi, Namdar; Grawe, Brian; Le, Toan

doi: 10.1097/BCO.0b013e31826620aa
REVIEW ARTICLES

The primary goals of surgical fracture management are restoration of function with reliable osseous healing while minimizing soft-tissue injury, ultimately allowing safe and effective patient rehabilitation. The use of locking constructs has become increasingly popular among orthopaedic surgeons, with the emphasis shifting from rigid fixation in conventional plating, towards a more biological fixation with locked plating. The purpose of this review was to present a synopsis of locking construct technology, including a historical perspective along with a biomechanical principles overview. Additionally, the principles of hybrid plating, along with its indications and drawbacks, are reviewed.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Financial Disclosure: The authors declare no financial conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to Brian Grawe, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 670212, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45267 Tel: +513 919 2275; fax: +513 558 2220; e-mail: grawebn@ucmail.uc.edu

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