Positioning Techniques in Surgical Applications
Positioning a patient for surgery requires great care and caution. Correct positioning provides the surgeon with good access to the site, minimizes blood loss and reduces the risk of damage to nerves, soft tissue, compartments and the cardio-pulmonary system. Each position has its specific risks. These have to be evalued against the benefits.
The success of an operation depends not only on careful clarification of the indications, selection of the right time for operating and proper operating techniques, but also correct preoperative preparation and positioning of the patient. This work presents safe positioning techniques, which cover the various different surgical disciplines by means of detailed descriptions and more than 450 full-colored illustrations. New techniques, new instruments and devices, developed for example for minimally invasive surgery, or concealed surgical procedures with indirect visualization techniques, are considered.
Author:Christian Krettek, Dirk Aschemann