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Sports Medicine: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery

Edited by Freddie H. Fu pp. 640 Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60831-081-4

With advancing science and the development of new surgical techniques, sports surgeons attempt to restore anatomy, perfect reconstructive methods and optimise outcome measures and return to play following injury. Established techniques are frequently forgotten and overlooked, despite these 'traditional' methods having effective results for standard injuries when performed by experienced hands.

Sports Medicine: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery describes common sports medicine procedures as performed by a recognised expert in that field. This allows the comparison and contrast of the variety of techniques: e.g. transtibial bone-patellar tendon-bone and anteromedial portal double bundle hamstring, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; from the common to the controversial in the same text. In this way this book is useful for orthopaedic surgeons both junior and experienced alike.

The book comprises five parts: the elbow, shoulder, knee, hip and ankle. For each joint tendon repair, ligament reconstruction and stabilisation procedures and the management of articular surface problems are covered. Each chapter focuses on a technique used to reconstruct a common sports surgical problem, starting with the pathology, then diagnosis including imaging, together with the surgical considerations and pre-operative planning. The technique is described with the use of photographs and schematics, which allows the technique to be followed in a stepwise fashion, making the procedure reproducible. The book is also accompanied by a CD, providing electronic content.

The established literature is then presented including the author's personal experience. The references cited are up-to-date and appropriate. The complications of each procedure are discussed together with post-operative management and rehabilitation issues. The chapters include a pearls and pitfalls section, which provide useful tips applicable for all surgeons. The descriptions are easy to follow and the additional intra-operative photographs and schematics, both arthroscopic and during open procedures, again make the procedures feel reproducible. This is an excellent textbook and provides a guide for the modern operative treatment of common orthopaedic injuries and controversies.

M. Carmont

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