Elbow - Posterior Approach
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Elbow - Posterior Approach

This Elbow – Posterior Approach course will teach you:

  • To provide adequate exposure and access to the elbow joint and bones using a posterior approach, most commonly for fracture assessment.

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Elbow – Posterior Approach:

  • Perineural vessels injury
  • Ulnar nerve injury by traction
  • Radial nerve injury
  • Compromising the vascular supply by stripping the bone
  • Anatomical alignment of the olecranon

With the following tips you might perform the Elbow – Posterior Approach even better:

  • Incision line around the tip of the olecranon
  • Chevron osteotomy
  • Anconeus muscle transection to lift the olecranon
  • Ulnar nerve placement

After studying the Elbow – Posterior Approach course you are familiar with the most common complications:

  • Neurovascular injury
  • Range of motion limitation

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Elbow – Lateral Approach

Step by step

Superficial dissection

Skin

Mark

Mark the olecranon at the upper end of the ulna after palpation.

Incise

Incise the skin at the height of the ulnar diaphysis to proximal, curve the incision so it runs around the ulnar side of the olecranon.

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