The patient is placed in a lateral decubitus position with the injured side up on a radiolucent table which allows limb mobility.
This position can be helpful 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.
This procedure is performed with the patient under general or regional anesthesia.
If a spinal anesthetic is used, the surgeon and anesthetist need to be confident that the procedure will not last more than 1.5 hours.
Antibiotics are administered according to local antibiotic policy and specific patient requirements.