Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver

Distal femur 33-Partial articular fracture, lateral condyle, sagittal simple

Overview

Lateral parapatellar approach i

Lateral parapatellar approach

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.

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.

Arthroscopic approach i

The arthroscopic approach is only recommended in minimally, or nondisplaced, fractures in young patients.

The arthroscopic approach is only recommended in minimally, or nondisplaced, fractures in young patients. Advanced experience in arthroscopic surgery is essential.

Safe zones i

Safe zones

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

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