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Lateral Patient Positioning for Shoulder Arthroscopy

Matthew Provencher, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
  1. Place the patient in the lateral decubitus position
  2. Ensure that all bony prominences are padded
  3. The shoulder is then placed in 40 degrees of abduction, 20 degrees of forward flexion, and 10-15 pounds of balanced traction
  4. The shoulder is prepped and draped in the usual sterile fashion