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
Step by step
Mark the landmarks; the patella and the tibial tubercle.
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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