Elbow - Lateral Approach
This Elbow – Lateral Approach course will teach you:
- To provide adequate exposure and access to the elbow joint and bones using a lateral approach, most commonly for fracture assessment.
Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Elbow – Lateral Approach:
- Posterior interosseous nerve injury
- Radial nerve injury
- Ulnar collateral ligament of elbow injury
With the following tips you might perform the Elbow – Lateral Approach even better:
- Radial head identification
- Posterior interosseous nerve protection
- Common extensor tendon reinsertion
- Subcutaneous tissue approximation to facilitate wound closure
After studying the Elbow – Lateral Approach course you are familiar with the most common complications:
- Neurovascular injury
- Compartment syndrome
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Step by step
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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