Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Peter V Giannoudis, Hans Christoph Pape, Michael Sch├╝tz

Femur shaft

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Glossary

Abducted contralateral leg

Abducted contralateral leg

The patient is positioned supine with the contralateral leg flexed and abducted.

Supine position without traction

Supine position without traction

The patient is positioned supine on a radiolucent table. The pelvis may be elevated by a firm cushion.

Bilateral traction

Bilateral traction

The patient is positioned supine with both legs in traction on a traction table.

Lateral decubitus position

Lateral decubitus position

The patient is positioned in lateral decubitus with the contralateral leg resting on the fracture table.

Knee flexed 30°

Knee flexed 30°

The patient is positioned supine on a radiolucent table with the knee in 30° flexion.

Unilateral leg support

Unilateral leg support

The patient is placed supine on a radiolucent operating table, and the knee of the injured leg is flexed, the lower leg and foot hanging free.

Elevated fractured leg

Elevated fractured leg

The injured leg is elevated 30-40° to facilitate reduction of any flexed proximal fragment.

v1.0 2007-12-02