Lateral Extensile Approach for ORIF

  • Adam CotaEmail author
  • Timothy G. Weber


The lateral extensile approach as described and popularized by Benirschke [1, 2] provides access to the entire lateral aspect of the calcaneus with direct visualization of the tuberosity, subtalar joint, posterior facet fragments, lateral wall blowout, fracture extension into the anterior process, and the calcaneocuboid joint. While this approach allows for the direct reduction of the posterior facet fragments, the reduction of the tuberosity to the sustentaculum tali on the medial side needs to be performed indirectly [1–3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic AssociatesGrand JunctionUSA
  2. 2.OrthoIndyIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic TraumaSt. Vincent Hospital and OrthoIndy HospitalIndianapolisUSA

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