Because of the decreased holding power of plate-and-screw fixation in osteoporotic bone fractures, internal fixation can have a high failure rate, ranging from 10% to 25%. Screws placed into cortical bone have better resistance to pullout than do those placed into adjacent trabecular bone. Plates should not be used to bridge unstable regions of bony comminution in osteoporotic patients. Fixation stability is optimized by securing stable bone contact across the fracture site and by placing screws both as close to and as far from the fracture as possible. Intentional shortening can improve stability and load sharing of the fracture construct. Structural bone graft or other types of fillers can be used to fill voids when comminution prevents stable contact. Load-sharing fixation devices such as the sliding hip screw, intramedullary nail, antiglide plate, and tension band constructs are better alternatives for osteoporotic metaphyseal locations. Proper planning is essential for improved fracture fixation in this high-risk patient group.