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Transdeltoid lateral approach



The transdeltoid lateral approach can be used for various treatments of the proximal humeral fractures.
It is especially useful for osteosynthesis of fractures of the greater tuberosity.

This incision is placed between the acromial part (2) and the spinal part (3) of the deltoid muscle, as illustrated.

Depending on the fracture morphology and foreseen osteosynthesis the extensions of the skin incision may vary but may not extend more than 5 cm distally to the acromion, to protect the axillary nerve.