Executive Editor: Fergal Monsell General Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Andrew Howard, James Hunter, Theddy Slongo

Pediatric proximal femur

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Glossary

Minimally invasive approach
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Skin incision

Entry points for the medial and first lateral nails are 2 cm above the physis.

If a third nail is needed, a second lateral entry point is marked 1.5 cm proximal to the first lateral entry point.

An incision starts at each planned entry point and extends 2-4 cm distally depending on the size of the child.


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Dissection

The subcutaneous tissues are divided by blunt dissection until the lateral and medial cortices of the femur are reached.


Wound closure

Subcutaneous and skin closure according to the surgeon's preference.

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