Rose position

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Rose position is a position in which a patient is placed while undergoing a tonsillectomy,[1] adenoidectomy or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.[2]


In this position both the head and neck are extended. This is done by keeping a sand bag under the supine patient's shoulder blade. For a patient with a kyphosis or a stiff neck, the head piece of the table is raised so that the head ring really does support the head. Its contraindicated in patients with Down syndrome owing to atlanto-axial instability.[3]


This position owes its name to a staff nurse named Rose who suggested this position to the surgeon.[4]


  1. ^ De Souza; C.; et al. (1 January 1995). Textbook Of The Ear, Nose And Throat. Orient Blackswan. p. 180. ISBN 978-81-250-0275-8. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ K. J. Lee; Elizabeth H. Toh (11 July 2007). Otolaryngology: A Surgical Notebook. Thieme. p. 56. ISBN 978-3-13-138351-8. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. ^ Norbert F. Voelkel; William MacNee (2002). Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases. PMPH-USA. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-55009-133-5. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  4. ^ Balu, T (2007). "Tonsillectomy by Dr. T. Balu". Retrieved 16 August 2012.