Surgical Approaches to the Acetabulum and Modifications in Technique


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Abstract

Acetabular injuries are often difficult to treat because the acetabulum is surrounded by many important structures, making access difficult and sometimes dangerous. Surgical exposures of the acetabulum are complex and require significant skill and in-depth knowledge of pelvic anatomy. Each approach has its limitations, and the potential morbidity associated with these exposures can be daunting. Recent modifications to traditional acetabular approaches have been developed to address these issues. Knowledge of the ilioinguinal, Kocher-Langenbeck, and extended iliofemoral surgical exposures and the potential drawbacks associated with each approach are essential to optimize treatment and minimize morbidity.

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