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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 875656, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/875656
Case Report

A Simple Technique for the Positioning of a Patient with an above Knee Amputation for an Ipsilateral Extracapsular Hip Fracture Fixation

Department of Trauma Orthopaedics, Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Road, Waterford, Ireland

Received 1 November 2013; Accepted 26 November 2013

Academic Editors: J.-M. Laffosse, G. Mouzopoulos, and G. Singer

Copyright © 2013 N. Davarinos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The positioning of the patient on the fracture table is critical to the successful reduction and operative fixation of hip fractures which are fixed using the dynamic hip screw system (DHS). There is a standard setup which is commonly used with relative ease. Yet the positioning of patients with amputations either above or below knee of the affected side can pose a significant challenge. We describe a novel positioning technique used on a 51-year old patient with a right above knee amputation who sustained an intertrochanteric extracapsular hip fracture.