Calcaneus - Lateral Approach
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Calcaneus - Lateral Approach

This Calcaneus – Lateral Approach course will teach you:

  • To access the calcaneal bone using a lateral approach. The most common indication is fracture assessment in conjunction with subsequent reconstruction.

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Calcaneus – Lateral Approach:

  • Lateral calcaneal artery injury
  • Sural nerve damage
  • Skin edge necrosis
  • Fibular tendon injury

With the following tips you might perform the Calcaneus – Lateral Approach even better:

  • Sanders classification of calcaneal fractures

After studying the Calcaneus – Lateral Approach course you are familiar with the most common complications:

  • Wound complications
  • Foot compartment syndrome
  • Nerve injury
  • Subtalar arthritis
  • Malunion

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Step by step

Superficial dissection

Skin

Mark

Mark the landmarks on the skin, these include: the posterior border of the distal fibula, the achilles tendon, and the base of the fifth metatarsal.

Incise

Incise the skin in a L-shape starting vertically, approximately 3-4 cm, between the fibula and the Achilles tendon and extend horizontally, approximately 3-4 cm, in line with the base of the fifth metatarsal.

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