The patient is placed in a lateral decubitus position with the injured side up on either a radiolucent or on a fracture table which allows limb mobility.
Careful pre-cleaning of the soft tissues should be performed especially if gross contamination occurs.
This position is recommended for obese patients.
In the lateral position, the fatty tissue falls away from the surgical field. This allows for proper visualization of the fracture and hemostasis.
Operating room personnel (ORP) need to know and confirm:
This procedure is performed with the patient under general or regional anesthesia.