A new surgical approach to fractures of the lateral tibial plateau.

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We are reporting on a previously undescribed surgical approach and postoperative protocol for the treatment of fractures of the lateral tibial plateau in which there is a split pattern and depression of the articular surface. In this approach the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus is incised and detached so that the split fragment can be opened like a book. Detachment and incision of the anterior horn minimizes the need to free the lateral meniscus from its tibial attachment. The postoperative protocol includes continuous passive motion followed by non-weight-bearing in a toe-to-groin plaster cast for three months. Our preliminary results have been encouraging, and arthroscopic examination in the seven knees so studied indicated a healed fracture, restoration of the tibial articular surface, and a healed lateral meniscus.

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