Distal femur, tibial plateau, and tibial shaft fractures

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The majority of lower extremity peripheral nerve injury results from high-energy trauma and motor vehicle collisions, resulting in fractures about the knee including those of the distal femur and tibial plateau, as well as fractures of the tibial shaft. This chapter describes, in detail, the anatomy of the common peroneal, superficial peroneal, deep peroneal, tibial, saphenous, and sural nerves, as well as their anatomic variants. Common approaches to each fracture pattern are described with accompanying tips to avoiding nerve injury. The diagnosis and management of nerve injuries are then reviewed, including nerve grafting, nerve transfer, tendon transfers, and arthrodesis options.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Issues after Orthopedic Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9783030844288
ISBN (Print)9783030844271
StatePublished - Nov 15 2021


  • Iatrogenic injury
  • Nerve transfer
  • Peroneal nerve
  • Saphenous nerve
  • Sural nerve
  • Tendon transfer
  • Tibial nerve


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