The lateral approach to the distal femur allows for visualization, reduction and fixation of simple articular fractures of the distal femur.
The lateral minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) approach combines a short version of the open lateral approach to the distal femur, a minimally invasive approach to the midshaft or, proximal femoral region and small 1.0 – 1.5 cm wide stab incisions.
The lateral parapatellar approach provides a good view of the articular surface of the distal femur. With a longitudinal division of the quadriceps tendon and extensor mechanism, the patella can be dislocated medially.
Inserting percutaneous instrumentation through safe zones reduces the risk of damage to neurovascular structures.