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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2009 April; 91(3): 269–270.
PMCID: PMC2765027
Technical Notes and Tips
Bruce Campbell, Section Editor

Masking the Scrotal Problem in Surgery

Patient positioning and access to the area of interest are key to the success of an operation, but how often are we plagued by the scrotum obstructing our view? Historically, sutures were used as an aid and, more recently, tape. We have a novel method using a piece of equipment found in operating theatres world-wide – the ordinary face mask. Simply tying the ends around the patient's thigh on either side (Fig. 1) will elevate the scrotum in a sling-like fashion for easy access during peri-anal and urological surgery.

Figure 1
Masking the scrotal problem.

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