Distal exposure of the lateral femoral condyle
Key point: Unlike the standard lateral approach to the distal femur, in the
MIPO approach the vastus lateralis is left generally undisturbed. The muscle
fibers of the vastus lateralis are minimal in the distal 8-10 cm of the femur.
Therefore, if a joint arthrotomy is not done the lateral aspect of the distal
femur for minimally invasive osteosynthesis is exposed once the surgeon has
divided the iliotibial band.
Branches of the superior lateral genicular artery/vein will need to be