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Chirurgia Del Piede 2007 August;31(2):71-7

language: Italian

Positioning problems in foot surgery

Napoli V. 1,2,3, Napoli E. 1,2,3, Manno E. P. 1,2,3

1 Centro di Chirurgia del Piede Casa di Cura “Fornaca di Sessant”, Torino
2 Dipartimento Di Discipline Medico Chirurgiche Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino
3 ASL 3 Ospedale Maria Vittoria, Torino


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Owing to the foot’s complex anatomy and function, a variety of surgical access routes are used, each of which requires adequate foot and patient positioning. The most common are the anteroposterior, the prone and the lateral positions, which are often changed during a surgical procedure. Before positioning the patient, it is wise to check that the position is compatible with the patient’s anatomy to ensure maintenance of vital functions and to protect body tissues and structures against decubitus ulcers. Injury to peripheral nerve tissue is the worst feared yet the easiest to prevent with adequate support devices and close monitoring of homeostasis.

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