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Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Elbow Third Edition

Bernard F. Morrey. pp.592 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1451173093

The previous edition of Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery - The Elbow was published in 2002.  It has been the gold standard, and guidance for elbow surgeons since. Despite the rapid development of new techniques and implants, the principles of treatment and surgical techniques still hold true.

This third edition, published in 2014, is filled with upgraded information and pearls on new techniques. The new edition is expanded into 40 Chapters compared to 23 Chapters in the second edition. Each chapter, written in the standard Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery format, covers preoperative decision-making, patient positioning, step-by-step demonstration of procedures, results, potential complications, and postoperative management. This format is very reader-friendly and easy to follow, both for experienced surgeons and less experienced trainees. Critical surgical steps and dissecting techniques of important structures are well illustrated with mostly colour diagrams and photographs.

There are new illustrations with the use of low profile locking plates and screws and new implants. The comments and sharing of experience by the masters at the end of each chapter certainly put the pros and cons of new technology and techniques in perspective. 

This edition has a whole chapter on articulated external fixators, with detailed descriptions and diagrams of its use and application. In current orthopaedic practice, where trainees have less and less experience in the use of external fixators, this chapter will save the day when the need arises for the use of an external fixator in complicated elbow surgery.

This Third Edition of The Elbow in the Master Techniques Series contains concise and practical information that can be easily learned and practiced by surgeons with different levels of expertise and resources. It is a highly recommended book to have by orthopaedic surgeons who aims to achieve excellent care for patients with elbow conditions.

The print edition is bundled with an interactive eBook, offering tablet, smartphone, or online access to the complete content with enhanced navigation and other features.

I highly recommend this for all surgeons interested in elbow surgery.

Reviewed by CH Wong, Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgery, Hong Kong