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Supine position (fracture table)

Supine position on a fracture table is used for application of a ring fixator when circumferential access to the leg is required. Additionally, the fracture should be aligned.

Open reduction and fixation of the tibial articular surface and / or fibula may be done as a first stage. This is often easier with the leg free on the table surface, using a distractor or external fixator if desired. Thereafter, leg suspension, as illustrated with the fracture table, eases application of the ring fixator.

Instead of a fracture table, the leg may be supported with a proprietary mobile reduction frame, or one improvised from modular external fixator components.

The use of a tourniquet should be considered if articular surface ORIF will be an initial stage. The leg is prepped from mid-thigh to toes.

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