Complications associated with patient positioning in urologic surgery

Ardavan Akhavan, Daniel M. Gainsburg, Jeffrey A. Stock

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The impact of patient positioning can be profound. Urological surgeons must often exercise strategic positioning in order to access retroperitoneal and pelvic organs. However, the potential for position-related morbidity, particularly peripheral neuropraxia and compartment syndrome can be substantial. The purpose of the following review is to summarize the current literature on positioning-related concerns as they pertain to the practicing urologist. To our knowledge, this is the first such review of its kind in the urological literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1316
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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