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3Resection

Use a syringe to clean out blood clots with a jet of Ringer lactate fluid.

Visualize the joint

Hyperextend the middle phalanx to gain maximal visualization of the joint.
Use a syringe to clean out blood clots with a jet of Ringer lactate fluid.
Often the degree of comminution is not apparent from the x-rays, and can only be determined under direct vision.
Remove all loose bony fragments.