TechniquesThe Midaxial (Universal) Approach to the Lateral ElbowSchrumpf, Mark MD; Daluiski, Aaron MD; Richards, Joshua MD; Hotchkiss, Robert N. MDAuthor Information Hospital For Special Surgery Reprints: Aaron Daluiski, MD, 523 ERPB 523 E 72nd Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10021 (e-mail: [email protected]). Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: March 2011 - Volume 12 - Issue 1 - p 6-11 doi: 10.1097/BTE.0b013e318206066d Buy Metrics Abstract Surgical exposure of the lateral elbow is commonly required for treatment of many elbow disorders. When approaching the lateral elbow, 2 structures are at risk, namely the lateral collateral ligamentous complex and the posterior interosseous nerve. The described approaches that seek to limit iatrogenic injury to these structures are the Kocher approach, the Kaplan approach, Heim/Pfeiffer approach, and our preferred approach, the lateral midaxial approach. These approaches can be applied in treatment of radial head and neck fractures, elbow contracture releases, lateral collateral ligament repairs, radial head arthroplasty, and isolated lateral column humerus fractures. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.