Executive Editor: Ernst Raaymakers, Joseph Schatzker, Rick Buckley

Authors: Matthias Hansen, Rodrigo Pesantez

Proximal tibia

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Glossary

Lateral position

The patient is placed in a lateral position with all bony prominences padded. The affected top leg is extended. The bottom leg is flexed and positioned more anterior.

Supine position

Prepare the limb from the ankle to the groin and drape the foot which will allow free mobility of the whole limb. Place a sterile pack under the knee to maintain 30 degrees of flexion.

Prone position

Place the patient prone. Prepare the limb from the ankle to the groin and drape the foot. This will allow full knee flexion.

Floating position

This position can be used for operating on the top leg for a lateral approach or the bottom leg for a medial approach to the proximal tibia.

v2.0 2010-05-15