Exposure of the femur
Dissect the muscle fibers apart bluntly down to the femur. Normally, with a
formal approach to the lateral aspect of the femur, the entire muscle belly of
the vastus lateralis is elevated anteriorly from the lateral intermuscular
septum. However, with minimally invasive techniques, this is not possible.
Therefore, the muscle belly is split in the line of its fibers to approach the
lateral aspect of the femur.