Supine for medial approach
The patient is positioned supine on the operating table. The arm rests on the side table with the shoulder in abduction and external rotation, and the elbow in extension, or slight flexion.
Lateral decubitus position
Positioning of the patient in lateral decubitus with the upper arm supported by a padded post.
The patient lies prone with the arm on a radiolucent support, or a padded post. Either gives maximum freedom to approach the elbow.