Locking Plates - A Better Choice than the Conventional Plates

Locking Plates - A Better Choice than the Conventional Plates

Locking Plates - A Better Choice than the Conventional Plates

A bone break or fracture is something which almost everyone has experienced, either in his childhood playing with the mischievous kids or in the teenage playing cricket with the leather ball. Bone break also called as fracture has several treatments. It depends on what your doctor recommends you. While some bones can be treated wearing a cast, the others require a more invasive treatment.

Bone fracture repair is required when a broken bone doesn't or wouldn't heal properly with a cast. But we all should remember bone fracture repair could lead to various complications like-
- Bleeding
- Blood clots
– Infection
– An allergic reaction to anesthesia

Bone fracture treatment can take several hours, First of all your doctor would take a look at the fracture site. He would give you an anesthesia if necessary.
Now, the main question for him is how to approach the treatment surgery? He has to decide if plates or screws are required for the procedure or he must use some other way.

Locking plates- The fracture repair has taken a major step forward

Any plate that allows the insertion of fixed-angle/angular stable screws can be used as a locking plate. These plates are required to reduce the gap between bone at the fracture site and provide rigid fixation. These are especially helpful for the patients with osteoporosis and fractures with multiple segments. Locking plates also help in preservation of blood supply to the soft tissues and bone.

Before the invention of locking plates, the medical association were stick to the conventional plate system. This system relies on the friction generated between the plate and bone. In conventional plating, even if the bone fragments are correctly reduced prior to plate application, fracture dislocation will result if the plate does not exactly fit the bone as the screws are tightened and a loss of reduction may then occur (loss of primary reduction).  Conventional plate focus on the intimate contact between bone and the plate which is not required in the case of locking plates. In locking plate system screws lock to the plate forming a fixed angle construct. Once the locking screws engage the plate, no further tightening is possible; therefore, the implant locks the bone segments in their relative positions regardless of the degree of reduction obtained. With conventional plates screws can move independently from plate. They may loosen over the time as force is applied which can result in fracture instability and loss of fracture gap reduction. As we know the conventional system is based on the intimate contact between the plate and the bone and depends on compression, this plate can cause a negative impact on the blood supply to the bone. Locking plates fills this drawback as contact is not at all necessary. Locking plates eliminate motion between the plate, screws and bone.

VARIOUS LOCKING PLATES MANUFACTURED BY GWS SURGICALS LLP-

  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Distal Radius Plate, Extra Artuclar (4 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal Distal Radius Plate Straight
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal L Distal Radius Plate(2 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal L Distal Radius Plate (3 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Column Distal Radius Plate( 8 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Column Distal Radius Plate( 9 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Distal Radius Plate (5 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal Distal Radius T Plate (3 Head Holes)
  • 2.7 mm-3.5 mm Locking Distal Humerus Dorsolateral Plate With Lateral Support
  • 2.7 mm-3.5 mm Locking Distal Fibula Plate
  • 3.5 mm Distal Femur Locking Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Distal Medical Humerus Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Anterolateral Distal Tibia Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Clavicle Hook Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Cloverleaf Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Distal Humerus Dorsolateral Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Distal Humerus Extra Articular Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Distal Medial Tibia Plate With Tab
  • 3.5 mm Locking Distal Medial Tibia Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Olecranon Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking One Third Tubular Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Proximal Humerus Diaphyseal Plate Long
  • 3.5 mm Locking T Plate Oblique
  • 3.5 mm Locking T Plate Right Angle
  • 3.5 mm Locking T Plate With 4 Head Holes
  • 3.5 mm Proximal Femur Cobra Head Locking Plate
  • 3.5 mm Proximal Femur Locking Plate
  • 3.5 mm Small Locking Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Clavilce Shaped Plate
  • 3.5 mm Locking Rigid Plate
  • 4.5 mm Condylar Buttress Locking Plate
  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Distal Radius Plate, Extra Articular (4 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Volar Column Distal Radius Plate (9 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal L Distal Radius Plate (2 Head Holes)
  • 2.4mm Locking Dorsal Distal Radius T Plate (3 Head Holes)
  • 2.4 mm Locking Dorsal Distal Radius Plate Straight
  • 3.5mm Locking Rigid Plate

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