Master Tech Ortho Surgery Elbow CH1

PART I EXPOSURES

Exposures of the Upper Extremity: Humerus, Elbow, Forearm

Bernard F. Morrey and Matthew C. Morrey 1

INTRODUCTION As complexity in the management of elbow problems has increased over time, it stands to reason that there has been an increase in the need to expose the anatomy both proximal and distal to the elbow joint. Facility with exposures to the elbow as well as the humerus and forearm, characterized by flexibility and extensibility, is an essential prerequisite to the execution of the full spectrum of elbow surgery, which is discussed in this volume. In this chapter, we provide detailed but useful exposures of all three regions: first, the humerus; then, the elbow proper; and finally, the forearm. We have included only those exposures that we have found useful or “relevant” to our practice over the years: Chapter 1A: Exposure of the Humerus; Chapter 1B: Exposure of the Elbow; and Chapter 1C: Exposure of the Forearm (1). Throughout, emphasis is placed how limited exposures can be expanded to address broadened pathology and perform more complex procedures. Details of exposures as applied to specific pathology and technique are the subject matter for the remainder of the volume.

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