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16Wound closure, assessment of alignment and knee stability

Assessment of alignment and knee stability

Before the patient is moved from the fracture table, observe rotation of the leg clinically and compared it to the contralateral side.

Pearl: post-ORIF examination of knee joint stability under anesthesia
With the femur now stable, it is possible to perform a thorough, but gentle, examination of the knee joint to determine any associated ligamentous laxity.