A comparison of reversed locking compression-distal femoral plates and blade plates in osteotomies for young adult hip pathology

Hip Int. Nov-Dec 2013;23(6):565-9. doi: 10.5301/hipint.5000069. Epub 2013 Sep 3.


The aim of this study was to compare fixation of proximal femoral osteotomies using reverse contralateral LCP-Distal Femoral Plates (LCP-DF) with the more traditional blade plate technique. This was a retrospective review over six years of a single surgeon's practice within a tertiary orthopaedic unit. Patient demographics were collected, along with indication for surgery. Radiological outcomes, fixation failures and the need for revision surgery were recorded. Forty-six patients were identified; 23 patients in the LCP-DF plate group (7 females, 16 males. Mean age 18.3 years old) and 23 patients in the blade plate group (6 females, 17 males. Mean age 19.1 years old). The patients' presenting conditions were; 26 Perthes'; eight hip dysplasia; 11 slipped capital femoral epiphysis; one fibrous dysplasia. Osteotomy type included; 13 Double osteotomy, 11 Imhauser; 13 pure valgus; eight valgus + rotation; There was one revision for implant failure in the LCP-DF group. In the blade plate group, there were four implant failures--three requiring revision operations (p = 0.155). In the LCP-DF group the mean neck-shaft angle difference compared to the contralateral side (if normal) or 135 degrees (if abnormal) was 0.58°. In the condylar plate group the mean difference was 4.37°. The use of a contralateral LCP-DF plate in the reverse contralateral position to stabilise proximal femoral osteotomies in our cohort confers advantages over blade plate technology. We have found that the plate is stiffer, is easier to use and provides increased screw placement options over standard proximal femoral locking plates.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bone Plates*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Femur / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur / surgery*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Joint / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses / diagnostic imaging
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult