Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Authors: Martin Hessmann, Sean Nork, Christoph Sommer, Bruce Twaddle

Distal tibia

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Glossary

Supine position

This position allows free access to both the lateral and the medial sides by hip rotation and fluoroscopic imaging in both planes.

Supine position (fracture table)

Application of a ring fixator requires circumferential access to the leg.

Supine position with knee flexed

Supine position with knee flexed

For intramedullary nailing of distal tibia fractures.

Supine position for MIPO

Position the patient supine on a radiolucent operating table extension and bring the foot to the end of the table.

Supine position - figure-of-four

Supine position, figure-of-four

This position provides access to the posterio-medial tibia. It may be used for a portion of an operation, the rest of which is done with the hip and knee extended into the standard supine position.

Prone position

The patient is positioned prone on a radiolucent table with the knee flexed to 20°, padding under the thigh, and the ankle placed over a small bump.

Lateral position

Lateral position

Lateral positioning may be used when the fracture pattern is predominantly posterolateral.

v1.0 2008-12-03