The Blog

Why a Leg Grip Holder for Surgery is a Must Have

The leg grip holder for surgery is a great system for doctors to hold up their patient’s lower extremities during preparation. This decreases the need for nurses and any other personnel that have to be available while the patient is being prepared.

Whether you are working on the leg, knee, or hip area, these leg holders can be used for each one of these scenarios.

This leg holder system is typically used to prop up a patient’s lower extremities while healthcare staff prepare the skin where the hip, knee, or foot surgery is taking place. You typically use these leg holders for when the patient is in a supine position in which several different types of lower extremity surgeries can be performed.

Additionally, patients can be placed in the direct lateral decubitis position.

Placement

Typically you will place the long part of the leg support under the foot. thereby gaining maximum control of the rotation. Since you’re controlling the rotation of the foot externally, gravity should hold the knee locked in place. This will allow you to work on the lower extremities after you have prepared the skin and are going to begin the surgery.

You can secure these leg holders typically at any portion of the hospital bed you need.

Be aware that although these leg holders cut down on the need for personnel to help set up the patient, you will still need steady hands to insert the patient into the leg holder. This is especially necessary for people whose knees are unstable or whose hips are very stiff.

Addition

A knee support can be used in conjunction with those patients who have an inability to rotate their hips or their knee is slightly less stable and requires a good amount of support. Supporting the ankle and the knee at the appropriate junctions helps the entire leg holder work much better.

Precautions

While the leg grip holder for surgery is a great tool for decreasing personnel need, the system shouldn’t be used when the patient has skin that has compromised circulation, where the skin is fragile, where the skin has lesions, or where it is generally abnormal.

The leg grip should only be put into place by a qualified health care staff member.

Foam Pad Care

Leg holders usually come with a foam pad to help increase the comfort of the patient’s lower extremities. In order to maintain the cleanliness of the foam pads and allow the system to function as intended, make sure to follow the list below.

  1. Be sure to drape the pad that the patient’s extremities rest on with protection that will keep preparation solutions and bodily fluids from damaging the pads.
  2. Use additional padding to be sure that the patient’s body moisture is absorbed and to prevent any irritation to their skin during the preparation of the surgery.
  3. Routinely check the pads for any patient’s bodily fluids or any other damage the pads might undergo after consistent use.