Executive Editor: Chris Colton

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

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Unilateral leg support
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Supine position with unilateral leg support.

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

This positioning allows for AP and lateral fluoroscopy without further movement of the contralateral leg.

The contralateral leg should be well padded and positioned without pressure on the calf, in order to prevent peroneal nerve damage or calf muscle compartment syndrome.

v1.0 2007-12-02