Use of a midline anterior incision for isolated medial tibial plateau fractures

Christopher Z. Espinoza-Ervin, Adam J. Starr, Charles M. Reinert, Tetsuya Q. Nakatani, Alan L. Jones

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A technique using an anterior midline incision with a medial parapatellar arthrotomy and a medial full-thickness skin flap for the open reduction and internal fixation of isolated medial tibial plateau fractures is presented. The approach is advocated as an alternative to a posteromedial approach when medial tibial plateau fractures are present alone. The anterior approach is simple and familiar for orthopaedic surgeons. It offers good visualization, simplifies reduction, and provides a functional scar if future procedures are necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-153
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009



  • Medial tibial plateau fracture
  • Midline anterior incision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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