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Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery

Frank A. Cordasco & Daniel W. Green. pp.365. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1451193350

Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery is a useful manual for knee surgeons, paediatric orthopaedists and general orthopaedic surgeons. It covers all major knee issues within a short 365 pages, divided into 41 chapters in six sections entitled: ACL tear; patellofemoral instability; osteochondritis dissecans; discoid meniscus; fractures; and physeal injuries.  

The editors are from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and most of the contributors are American.

This textbook adheres to evidence-based medicine. It is well supported with nice illustrations, radiographs, tables and Hospital for Special Surgery standard rehabilitation protocols. Sections commence with introductory and discursive chapters. Most of the chapters on treatment consist of an introduction, summary of current treatments, and the ‘Authors’ Preferred Operative Treatment’. This highlights most of the practical problems during surgery and reminds us of the pearls to avoid complications.

I particularly enjoyed the section on osteochondritis dissecans. This problem remains poorly understood and the section is up to date on its pathophysiology, natural history and treatment options.

Together with the hard copy, there is an eBook including useful search tools, quick reference tabbing and highlight tools for easy reference. I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Dr Terence Chan