Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Stifle: medial - parapatellar approach

Contributor(s): Toby J Gemmill, Bill Smith

Introduction

  • To access the stifle joint.

Uses

Advantages

  • Allows greater access to the stifle joint when used in conjunction with a lateral approach in more complex procedures.
  • Can be limited to a medial subpatellar approach which allows access to the femorotibial joint space but minimizes morbidity.

Disadvantages

  • The proximal skin incision may have to be extended to the groin if it is necessary to release tissues while relocating the patella.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Dependent on the procedure performed.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Brinker W, Piermattei D & Flo G (2006) Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair. 4th edn. Saunders.
  • Piermattei D L & Johnson K (2004) An Atlas of Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog and Cat. 4th edn. W B Saunders, Philadelphia..


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