Orthopaedic Surgery of the Limbs in Paraplegia by L. S. Michaelis

By L. S. Michaelis

In the rehabilitation of paraplegics reconstructive and corrective operations play a now not unimportant half. Their leader worth lies in helping conservative measures as a method of rushing up the social reintegration of those critically disabled humans. additionally, in yes teams of paraplegics, those operations identify the very foundation for a profitable rehabilitation. this is applicable within the first position to that workforce of spastic and flaccid paraplegics the place insufficient early deal with­ ment has resulted in serious tendon and joint contractures, secondly to that workforce of paraplegics who enhance para-articular ossification of up to now unexplained aetiology. The advanced difficulties we meet within the rehabilitation of paraplegics call for particular symptoms for reconstructive and corrective operations. to slot them definitely into the overall-plan of therapy calls for right wisdom of the neurophysiology of spinal guy. In virtually 20 years a undeniable approach of reconstructive and corrective operations has been built on the nationwide Spinal accidents Centre, Stoke Mandeville. Dr. MICHAELIS, who has obtained huge event within the thoughts of this operative and post-operative remedy, undertook the commen­ dable job of featuring those in a monograph. The designated worth of this book lies within the description not just of the successes but in addition of the mess ups of operative therapy. i am hoping that this monograph can be a worthy support and consultant for all medical professionals, whose in charge activity and objective it's to accomplish the social reintegration of the paraplegic.

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The patient could now stand and walle Three years later. the result had been maintained. 26 Operations for spasticity and contracture The extent and multiplicity of the adhesions and shrinkage in this extreme case show us where we have to look for the causes of unsatisfactory results in less severe contractures, and how at times our "routine operations" barely touch the fringe of the problem. Case IT. Severe flaccid flexion-contracture of both knee joints A further case of severe flexion-contracture, bilateral this time, occurred in the flaccid paralysis of a patient who had had a severe poliomyelitis.

Severe spastic flexion contracture of knee 2. Extent of adhesions and contractures (see text) In a 34-year-old very muscular man with an incomplete, extremely spastic lesion below T. 11, we found an acute-angle flexion contracture of the knee. I planned to divide all limiting structures and exposed the lower third of the back of the thigh, the back of the knee and the upper third of the leg by a bayonet incision, the transverse part of which ran in the flexor crease. The following pathology was found: 1.

Catheterisation, under strict surgical asepsis, can often be postponed for 24 hours. Aspirations of a tension-pneumothorax or haemothorax are compatible with turning. Where mechanical ventilation of the lungs is needed, the patient can, at least, be lifted two-hourly, the sheets can be adjusted and his back and heels inspected and protected by suitably arranged sponge-rubber cushions. While general shock is being treated and haemostasis achieved, limb-fractures have to be immobilised on Kramer splints, thickly padded.

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