A construct using locking plates and screws acts as an internal/external fixator. The construct is stiffer than conventional plates and screws and will require less contouring as it is not essential that the plate contacts the bone. Locking plates and screws are particularly popular in TPLO where significant savings in time (and morbidity) can be made. Also useful in fracture work in situations where contouring and rigidity is a challenge. The head of Jorvet locking screws engages the plate in the standard format using a twin start fine thread. Jorvet screws are an exact fit for standard locking plates but utilize the conventional hex screwdriver rather than a star screwdriver.
Locking screws are available in both 2.7 and 3.5 screw diameters. Each size requires its own dedicated drill guide. Jorvet locking plates have ‘stacked’ locking holes which allow more screws per bone fragment compared with dual hole type plates.
Locking Screws 3.5mm