Executive Editor: Chris Colton
Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver
The lateral approach to the distal femur allows for visualization, reduction and fixation of simple articular fractures of the distal femur.
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.
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