Well-leg positioning on a fracture table: using a pillow sling

Jesse Bible, Hassan R. Mir

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Although rare, acute compartment syndrome remains a well-reported complication of the lithotomy position. The avoidable nature of this potentially devastating complication has led many surgeons to forgo this well-leg setup when using the fracture table, and instead place the uninjured limb into a scissored position. In this report, we describe a safe and efficient technique for positioning the well leg in a scissored position on the fracture table using a pillow and a self-adherent compression bandage. With this positioning method for the uninjured limb, an optimal amount of relaxed hip and knee extension, and limb adduction to midline along the table's support bar, is reliably achieved to permit lateral fluoroscopic imaging of the injured limb without overlap of the well leg or interference with C-arm positioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-573
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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