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Extended iliofemoral approach

Introduction

The extended iliofemoral approach exposes the entire lateral innominate bone, by posterior reflection of the abductors, and reflection of short external rotators. It can be extended anteriorly into the first (iliac) window of the ilioinguinal incision.

When necessary, this approach may be used to achieve reductions which are otherwise impossible.

The extended iliofemoral approach is performed in the lateral position, either on a flat radiolucent table or a fracture table.