Knee - Parapatellar Approach
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Knee - Parapatellar Approach

This Knee – Parapatellar Approach course will teach you:

  • To access structures on the anterior aspect of the knee using the parapatellar approach. This approach is commonly used to access fractures, for open repair of ligaments as well as for a total knee replacement.

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Knee – Parapatellar Approach:

  • Saphenous nerve injury
  • Medial meniscus injury
  • Avoidance of patellar ligament avulsion

With the following tips you might perform the Knee – Parapatellar Approach even better:

  • Medial patellar retinaculum incision
  • Distal extension of the incision
  • Facilitating exposure of the knee joint

After studying the Knee – Parapatellar Approach course you are familiar with the most common complications:

  • Injury to the saphenous nerve
  • Skin edge necrosis
  • Joint instability

You might also be interested in:
Tibia Plateau – Anterolateral Approach
Tibia Plateau – Medial Approach

Step by step

Superficial dissection

Skin

Mark

Mark the landmarks; the patella and the tibial tubercle.

Incise

Incise the skin medial to the midline with a longitudinal incision from 5 cm above the superior pole of the patella to the tibial tubercle.

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