An incision is a surgical cut.


Surgical approaches to the knee

The decision as to where to do the skin incision for any particular knee surgery is referred to as the 'surgical approach'. The same term also encompasses how and where the underlying tissues are moved aside in order to access the deeper structures. If the procedure is an arthroscopy rather than an open operation then the incisions are tiny and are called 'portals'.

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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
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