Anterior Pelvic Subcutaneous Internal Fixator Application: An Anatomic Study
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 05/07/2012
Moazzam C et al. – The anatomic structures hypothesized to be potentially endangered because of the lack of direct visualization during anterior pelvic internal fixator (APIF) placement, include the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN), ilioinguinal nerve (IIN), iliohypogastric nerve (IHN), femoral nerve, femoral artery, and femoral vein. Based upon this anatomic study, APIF, which may be used for treatment augmentation of anterior pelvic ring disruptions, does not place these structures at significant risk. In addition, the reproductive structures (round ligament and spermatic cord) are in direct visualization and can easily be avoided during implant placement.