Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver

Distal femur 33-Extraarticular fracture, wedge

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.

Lateral/anterolateral approach i

Lateral/anterolateral approach

The lateral approach to the distal femur allows for visualization, reduction and fixation of simple articular fractures of the distal femur.

Retrograde nailing approach i

Retrograde nailing approach

Care should be taken with the approach for retrograde nailing as several anatomical structures are at risk. The most important potential hazard is damage to the posterior cruciate ligament.

Safe zones i

Safe zones

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

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