Double plating via anterolateral and posterolateral approach for distal femoral fracture

Yasuaki Yamakawa, Yasutaka Masada, Ryuichiro Okuda, Toshiyuki Matsumoto, Takenori Uehara, Masanori Yorimitsu, Tomoyuki Noda, Toshifumi Ozaki

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Although there are some reports highlighting the applicability of double plates in distal femoral fractures, there is no standard approach or fixation method for supracondylar fractures combined with posterior coronal shear fractures. We report a case of distal femoral fracture treated with a lateral locking plate and posterior buttress plate using anterolateral and posterolateral approaches from one incision. A 70-year-old man was hit by a motorcycle and had an intra-articular distal femoral fracture involving a long medial proximal spike and a single lateral condyle fragment, with the lateral condyle fragment posteriorly displaced. A 12-cm lateral skin incision was made, and the joint was developed using a para-patellar approach from the anterior to iliotibial band. Posterior buttress plate fixation was successfully performed from behind the iliotibial band using a posterolateral approach, followed by cannulated cancellous screw and lateral locking plate fixation from the anterolateral window. Combined anterolateral and posterolateral approaches from one incision enable intra-articular exposure and fixation based on fixation principles for lateral condyle fragments combined with supracondylar fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100803
JournalTrauma Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Combined approach
  • Distal femoral fracture
  • Double plate
  • Hoffa fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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