Authors of section


Andrew Howard, Theddy Slongo

Executive Editor

Fergal Monsell

General Editor

Chris Colton

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Prone position

1. Introduction


  • Good position for posterior access to the elbow region (eg, Y-fracture)


  • Use of image intensification is cumbersome
  • Less suitable for children below 6-8 years due to short upper arm
  • More demanding for anesthetist
  • Increased risk of contamination of the hanging hand

This position is unsuitable for closed management of supracondylar fractures, as it is difficult to manipulate the fracture with the patient in a prone position.

2. Preoperative preparation

Consider the additional material on preoperative preparation.

3. Patient positioning

The patient is positioned prone with the elbow hanging over a radiolucent arm roll.

The elbow should be able to be flexed a little beyond the right angle.

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