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Lateral Decubitus Position for Minimally Invasive Surgery for Correct of Hallux Valgus Deformity

The supine position is favored among surgeons performing minimally invasive surgery for bunion correction. This can present challenges, however, for hand positioning during burr utilization, angular correction, and screw placement.

Outside the box

A novel lateral decubitus position is described for MIS hallux valgus correction. The technique assists surgeons in creating more reproducible images while making the procedure more predictable, possibly reducing operating time.

The quick summary

  • Operative side down

  • Operative limb overhanging the OR table at the midcalf-level

  • Contralateral limb flexed at the knee and secured to the table

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