The open approach to the lateral surface of the femur is used for techniques requiring exposure of the femoral shaft and direct reduction. It can also be used for an "Open-but-do-not-touch" approach. This allows visualization of the fracture and indirect reduction, without removal of the fracture hematoma and without performing manipulation of the fragments.
Approaches for MIPO
Surgical approaches to the distal and proximal ends of the femur are used for minimally invasive osteosynthesis.