Tibial Plateau Fracture
The tibial plateau is one of the most critical load-bearing areas in the body and is located on the upper extremity of the tibia. It is composed of two slightly concave condyles (the round prominences of a bone) separated by an intercondylar eminence and the sloping areas in front and behind it.
It can be divided into three areas:
- The medial tibial plateau (the part of the tibial plateau that is nearer to the centre of the body and contains medial condyle)
- The lateral plateau (the part of the tibial plateau that is farthest away from the centre of the body and contains the lateral condyle)
- The central tibial plateau (located between the medial and lateral pleateaus and contains intercondylar eminence)
Fractures of the tibial plateau affect knee alignment, stability and movement. Early detection and appropriate treatment of these fractures are critical for minimising damage to the knee and reducing the risk of further complications such as osteoarthritis.
Please find below information on the tibial plateau fractures, what to expect prior to and during surgery as well as post surgery recovery information.