Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Authors: Keith Mayo, Michel Oransky, Pol Rommens, Carlos Sancineto

Acetabulum

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Glossary

Prone position
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Radiolucent table

Position the patient prone on a radiolucent table.

Apply cushions under chest, pelvis, distal thigh and ankle to avoid pressure sores.

Provide free draping of the involved lower limb. Bolsters under the lower leg to flex the knee relax the sciatic nerve to help protect it from injury.

Make sure the involved acetabulum is well visible under fluoroscopic control in AP, ala and obturator oblique views.


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Judet fracture table

Alternatively, use a Judet fracture table. This table permits skeletal traction, which is applied to the distal femur. The knee must be kept flexed, with an appropriate foot support, to relax the sciatic nerve. Skeletal traction assists with reduction of the femoral head and acetabular fracture.

Make sure the involved acetabulum is well visible under fluoroscopic control in AP, ala and obturator oblique views.


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The patient’s arms should be positioned and padded to minimize tension on the brachial plexus, and to allow access for the surgical team.

v1.0 2007-07-22