Scissor position of the orthopedic table for the resolution of intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric hip fractures
Barrientos Mendoza, Cristian Nelson
Brañes Fierro, Julián Andrés Ricardo
Wulf Ibáñez, Rodrigo
Barahona Vásquez, Maximiliano
Carvajal Fuentes, Sebastián
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Cureus 13(7): e16442 (2021)
During the surgical resolution of intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric hip fractures on an orthopedic table, a fluoroscope needs to be used in orthogonal planes. This requires that the contralateral leg does not obstruct the radioscopic view, so patients are often placed in a hemilithotomy position. This position, also called the Lloyd-Davis position, involves hip flexion, hip abduction, hip external rotation, and knee flexion. However, rare complications, such as acute leg posterior compartment syndrome, have been described.
In addition, patients with severe osteoarthritis and joint stiffness or a history of total hip arthroplasty may have difficulty achieving this position, and the well leg may be at risk of injury in a hemilithotomy position. A previously described position called the "scissor position" is, in our opinion, a safer and more efficient technique for placing the well leg on the orthopedic table, using only a pillow and a self-adhesive compression bandage. This simple position allows a lateral fluoroscopic view of the injured femur without overlapping or interference from the other limb.
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