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Glossary

Supine

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 limited to anterior approaches only.


Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient

Disadvantages:

  • Limited to anterior shoulder approaches only

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Positioning

The extremity should be draped free to facilitate motion of the shoulder which may aid in reduction.


Intraoperative imaging

A radiolucent table is required when an image intensifier is required.

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