Lateral and Prone Positioning Risks in Orthopaedic Surgery

Views from an anesthesiologist

Sarah Gerken, MD

Proper positioning of orthopaedic patients on the operating table is important to prevent injury. However, despite their unique symptoms, medical problems, and physical characteristics, these patients are typically positioned using standard surgical positions. Each position can expose various nerves to potential for injury, and it is important to be aware of them while positioning the patient.

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