Lee Hunter MD, MBA
Hunter Medical Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Supine positioning is fast, efficient, and optimizes patient airway access for the Anesthesiologist. Traditionally, however, it has been difficult to control static elbow extension to appropriately tension tricep repairs with the patient supine. Assistants can fatigue, and sterile bolsters or props can shift, frustrating the surgeon, compromising the repair and thus the outcome. The surgery can be performed with the patient lateral, or even prone. These methods, however, cost precious operating room time, offer suboptimal or challenging airway access for the anesthesiologist, and require extra assistants to hold the arm and manipulate it throughout the procedure. This case represents how tricep tendon repairs can now be performed easily, faster, and efficiently, with supine positioning using the ElbowLOC®Arm Positioning System.
35 YO RHD MALE WITH 3 MONTH OLD SUPERFICIAL HEAD TRICEPS TENDON RUPTURE
The patient presented to my office with a three month history of weakness and activity-related soreness in his left arm after falling off a deck at his home. The physical exam was consistent with a triceps tendon injury, and his MRI is below: