General Principles of Preoperative Planning
In fracture surgery, preoperative planning is a critical component of management as it optimizes the patient outcome, the efficiency and operative performance of the surgeon, and the educational experience of everybody involved in the planning process. Preoperative planning starts with analysis of fracture, extremity, and patient characteristics in order to understand the current problem and determine the management goals. Potential solutions are evaluated, the optimal course of action is decided upon, and a step by step individualized management plan is developed and implemented.
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