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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This textbook covers a broad range of open and arthroscopic surgical procedures for the shoulder, elbow, and knee. Each chapter is a self contained account of a specific procedure and uses a template to provide an efficient, concise presentation, including preoperative and postoperative considerations as well as a step-by-step approach.
Purpose: The stated goal is to address the challenges of learning proper decision making and the specific techniques required to succeed in the operating room. The authors focus their attention on the most common joints addressed in sports medicine. The authors and editors have done an exceptional job of achieving their goals.
Audience: "The book is targeted at orthopedic surgeons who wish to optimize their approach and techniques in treating these common sports medicine procedures. Every resident in training or fellow in a sports medicine program will benefit greatly from the consistent format for each procedure, which includes a brief overview, appropriate preoperative examination, testing, and planning, followed by a step-by-step "how to." This is the book you should read immediately before performing a procedure, or use as your day before preparation for procedures that you may not commonly perform. The editors are the next generation of orthopedic superstar educators and have done a remarkable job of collecting a dedicated group of contributors who have stayed true to the format of each chapter. "
Features: The efficient template used for each chapter allows readers to develop a safe, complete approach to the surgical technique presented as well as to efficiently perform the technique itself. The photographs and drawings are of exceptional quality and clearly support the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. The bonus DVD takes readers directly into the operating room of the mentor authors. Perhaps the only shortcoming is noted by the authors in their preface — the book does not include discussions of the ankle, hip, or other anatomic sites which are commonly addressed by sports specialists.
Assessment: This is an exceptional book with a wonderful, well thought out approach to how readers can efficiently prepare themselves for the most common procedures in orthopedic sports medicine. It will be a great addition to an orthopedic library. My copy will likely be placed in the operating room or clinic so my orthopedic residents can efficiently review the concepts of preoperative planning and operative technique prior to performing procedures. It will be a great addition to the libraries of practicing orthopedists whether they do lots of sports cases or do them only rarely.