Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver

Distal femur 33-Extraarticular fracture, avulsion

Overview

MIPO approach i

Minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) approach to the distal femur from lateral/anterolateral

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.

Medial approach i

Medial approach

The medial approach to the distal femur is useful to expose a medial distal femoral fractures, a Hoffa-type fracture, osteochondroma, or a neoplastic lesion of bone.

Safe zones i

Safe zones

Inserting percutaneous instrumentation through safe zones reduces the risk of damage to neurovascular structures.

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v1.0 2008-12-03