Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver

Distal femur

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Supine position knee flexed 90°

Supine position hip flexed 50°, knee flexed 90°

Commercially available carbon triangles can be used to support the leg during retrograde nailing of the femur. This allows easy access to the intercondylar notch.

Place a small bolster underneath the right buttock to minimize external rotation of the lower extremity.

NB: Carefully place padding underneath the knee area and proximal fibular region, in order to avoid compression on the popliteal vessels, sciatic nerve and common peroneal nerve. This padding can be easily provided by placing folded towels on the carbon triangle.

v1.0 2008-12-03