Clinical Insights: Patient Positioning in Surgery

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Learn valuable insights from expert clinicians who share their experience on how to manage patient positioning challenges when performing various surgical procedures. In each category scroll through the section to view clinical expert videos and whitepapers.  

Steven Schopler, MD

Proper positioning for spine surgery is critical.

Surgical site access and visualization is critical for anterior, lateral, and prone spine procedures and makeshift positioning approaches should no longer be standard practice in the OR. Patient positioning does not get enough attention in the spine world and Dr. Schopler highlights why the need for proper positioning for spine surgery is necessary for the safety of the patient and the efficiency of the OR. By combining his engineering and clinical experience he has been able to dramatically improve the way that patients are positioned for spine surgery.

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Andrew Battenberg, MD

Why specialty OR tables may not be the most efficient approach when doing direct anterior hip arthroplasty.

With more than 400,000 THAs performed annually, a number that is set to grow to over 600,000 by 2025, and more than half of hip arthroplasty surgeons performing DAA, the demand and application for DAA is on the rise.

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Craig Troop, MD

Obesity Epidemic Complicates Airway Access and Management During Surgery

More than one third of Americans are obese and the number of obese, OSA patients is increasing. See how Dr. Troop designed the Troop Elevation Pillow (TEP) to address the need to ramp obese patients quickly and easily.

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Arman Dagal, MD

Prone positioning needs special attention.

Prone positioning during surgery is necessary to access posterior sites and is thus used with some frequency by many surgical disciplines, including orthopaedic, spine and anesthesia as well as general surgery, burns, and plastic surgery. Arman Dagal, MD, highlights the risks of placing a patient on their stomach for long periods of time and why the current ad hoc approaches to prone positioning conflicts with quality and efficiency goals, adding unnecessary procedure time and patient safety risk.

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