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2Surface anatomy

Tibial tuberosity/patella/common peroneal nerve

Bend the knee to make identification of the surface anatomy easier.

First, locate the prominence of the tibial tuberosity and circle it with a skin marker.

Next, identify the patella, followed by the infrapatellar tendon.

Rotate the leg internally and palpate the fibular head. The location of the peroneal nerve is just posterior to the fibular head. This area should be avoided during pin insertion.