Proper patient positioning is crucial as incorrect positioning will keep the surgeon from performing a successful operation.
The supine position facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient. However, it is limited to anterior approaches only.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient
Limited to anterior shoulder approaches only
The extremity should be draped free to facilitate motion of the shoulder which may aid in reduction.
A radiolucent table is required when an image intensifier is required.