Elbow - Lateral Approach
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Elbow - Lateral Approach

 

GUIDELINES

AO foundation – proximal forearm – lateral approach

AO foundation – proximal forearm – anterior approach

AO foundation – posterior approach

Kodde IF, Current concepts in the management of radial head fractures, World journal of orthopedics 2015

De Boer, P. and Stanley, D. (1998) Surgical Approaches to the Elbow. In: Stanley, D. and Kay, N., Eds., Surgery of the Elbow: Practical and Scientific Aspects, Arnold, London, 116.

Step by step

Superficial dissection

Skin

Mark

Mark the skin starting on the humeral shaft a few centimeters proximal to the lateral epicondyle and extending over the radial head to a point 5 cm distal to the joint.

Radial head identification

Pronating and supinating the hand, whilst palpating the elbow, facilitates the identification of the radial head.

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