This book is designed to meet the continued need to re-learn the principles of treatment of complex war injuries to the extremities in order to minimize post-traumatic and post-treatment complications and optimize functional recovery. Most of the chapters are based on the unique experience gained in the treatment of military personnel who have suffered modern combat trauma and civilian victims of terror attacks at a single, large level 1 trauma center. The remaining chapters present the experience of leading international authorities in trauma and reconstructive surgery. A staged treatment protocol is presented, ranging from primary damage control through to definitive functional limb reconstruction. The organization of medical aid, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, infection prophylaxis, and management of complications are reviewed, and a special chapter is devoted to the challenging dilemma of limb salvage versus amputation in the treatment of limbs at risk.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 413
Weight: 1202 g
Dimensions: 260 x 193 x 23 mm
From the reviews:
"It presents a broad approach to limb injuries with an emphasis on the accumulated experience of combat and civilian orthopedic surgeons. Traumatologists, emergency physicians, intensivists, and orthopedists with an interest in injury are an appropriate audience for this work ... . This is an important contribution for both traumatologists and other physicians working with these patients. ... This group provides an excellent overview with multidisciplinary value." (David J. Dries, Doody's Review Service, October, 2011)
"Provides the reader with a concise and important review of treatment of high-energy injuries that occur during armed conflict. ... The layout is appropriate for readers not only interested in learning about the treatment of these types of injuries but charged with the responsibility of treating these patients. ... it is an excellent resource for those called on to treat such catastrophic injuries. ... This important text provides a much-needed reference for readers unfortunate enough to have to deal with these types of injuries." (Michael A. Terry, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 307 (2), January, 2012)
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