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Protecting patients – and the meaning of’ lithotomy’...

Protecting patients – and the meaning of’ lithotomy’...
08/10/2013

References to the lithotomy position have been found in some of the oldest known medical documents. Lithotomy comes from the Greek words for stone ‘lithos’ and cut ‘tomos’, and it was named after the ancient surgical procedure for removing kidney stones, gall stones and bladder stones via the perineum.

Today, the position is widely used for procedures ranging from simple pelvic examinations to surgeries in gynaecology, urology, and other gastrointestinal specialisms.

The advantages for the medical practitioner are obvious in terms of visibility and access, but care has to be taken to protect the patient’s safety and comfort while they are in this position from potential nerve damage caused by pressure, and from over extension of abductor muscles.

Our boot type power assisted lithotomy stirrups (PALS) can significantly help to reduce risks in both of these areas: sold in pairs, all of our stirrups have self adjusting boots designed to cover and protect the head of the fibula and hence, the peroneal nerve.

They minimise pressure on the calf when moving the stirrup and the hydraulic mechanism allows easy movement of the leg when placing it in the desired position without compromising the sterile field. Simply releasing the twist grip handle secures the leg holder in all directions.

In addition to the familiar blue PAL Pro Stirrups – we offer:

Standard Power Assisted Stirrups – for patient weights up to 159kg

Elite Power Assisted Stirrups – for patient weights up to 227kg

Heavy Duty Power Assisted Stirrups – for patient weights up to 327kg

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