Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Stifle: lateral (parapatellar) approach

Synonym(s): lateral parapatellar arthrotomy

Contributor(s): James Cook, Noel Fitzpatrick, Toby J Gemmill

Introduction

  • To access the stifle joint.

Uses

  • Stifle arthrotomy.
  • Stabilization of patellar luxation Patella: luxation.
  • Meniscal inspection and partial resection.
  • Stabilization of the cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifle.
  • Surgery for distal femoral fracture Femur: fracture.

Advantages

  • Most stifle procedures can be performed via the lateral (parapatellar) approach.
  • Very safe because major neurovascular structures are caudal to stifle.

Disadvantages

  • Access to the caudal joint is limited.

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 upon the procedure performed.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Brinker W, Piermattei D & Flo G (2006) Handbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics and Fracture Repair.
  • Piermattei D & Johnson K (2004) Atlas of Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog and Cat.


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