Calcaneal osteotomy - The lateral approach
An Atkins type lateral
approach is used to access the calcaneum for calcaneal osteotomy
. It is important to raise full thickness fascio-cutaneous skin flaps. The bone is first identified at the apex of the incision (1), and then dissection proceeds in opposite directions (2), one Wests Retractor placed deeply in each end of the wound and putting the deep soft tissues on maximum stretch.