How is the patient positioned for a salpingo-oophorectomy?

Updated: Feb 06, 2018
  • Author: Stacie M Ward, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Correct positioning is important to prevent nerve injury. Stretching and compression of nerves must be avoided when positioning the patient. For an abdominal approach, the patient is placed in a dorsal supine position. For a laparoscopic or vaginal approach, the patient is placed in dorsal lithotomy position. The patient’s hips are flexed with thighs moderately abducted, knees flexed, and dorsiflexion of the feet; there should be minimal external rotation of the hips.

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