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Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma:
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The "Swashbuckler": A Modified Anterior Approach for Fractures of the Distal Femur

Starr, Adam J.; Jones, Alan L.; Reinert, Charles M.

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A modified anterior approach to the distal femur is presented. The approach allows surgical exposure of the entire articular surface of the distal femur. The quadriceps muscle bellies are spared during the approach. The skin incision used will not interfere with subsequent total knee arthroplasty, if posttraumatic arthritis develops and arthroplasty is necessary.

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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