Executive Editor: Amy Kapatkin General Editor: Noel Moens

Authors: Bruno Peirone

Femoral shaft 32-C1 Lag Screw and neutralization plate

back to skeleton


Open approach to the shaft

The open approach to the lateral surface of the femur is used for techniques requiring exposure of the femoral shaft and direct reduction. It can also be used for an "Open-but-do-not-touch" approach. This allows visualization of the fracture and indirect reduction, without removal of the fracture hematoma and without performing manipulation of the fragments.