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The Aberrant Anterior Tibial Artery and its Surgical Risk

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  • Surgeon must understand and be aware of aberrant vascular anatomy around the knee.
  • Careful evaluation of advance imaging for aberrant vascular anatomy is required in surgeries around the knee.
  • When aberrant vascular anatomy is recognized, appropriate preoperative planning is required.




Vascular injury to the popliteal artery during knee surgery is uncommon, but it has significant consequences not only for the patient but also to the surgeon since it poses the threat of malpractice litigation. The vascular anatomy of the lower extremity is variable especially when it involves both the popliteal artery and its branches. An aberrant vascular course may increase the risk of iatrogenic vascular injury during surgery. Careful preoperative planning with advanced imaging can decrease the risk of a devastating vascular injury.

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