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Atlas of Essential Orthopaedic Procedures

Evan Flatow. pp. 1200 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0892036349

This book is what its title says: An Atlas of Essential Orthopaedic Procedures. Written by members of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are over 100 common, current and important surgical techniques.

There are 720 pages and 107 chapters, each usually describing a single operative procedure or technique, such as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, 1st carpometacarpal joint arthroplasty or hallux valgus surgery. Three adult and one paediatric ACL reconstruction techniques are included.

Each chapter usually has: a brief introduction of the pathology; assessment of the patient; operation theatre setup; patient positioning; surgical approach; and fixation/reconstruction technique. Most chapters are very comprehensive in terms of the preoperative assessment, surgical tips and tricks, and how to deal with difficult cases. In particular, the sections on shoulder, knee and trauma are most impressive.

Some readers may be disappointed with the spine and pediatric surgery sections. Although it is unreasonable to expect inclusion of all possible surgical procedures, some common procedures are noticeably absent. I would like to see a chapter on epidural injections.

This book excels in its presentation. There are excellent and high quality figures of operative fields, relevant basic anatomy or radiographs depicting important surgical steps.

In addition, a corresponding video demonstration of each chapter can be found on the attached CD, which covers 70 procedures. The video quality is mostly clear in terms of delivery but occasionally the pace at which the procedure is explained is difficult to follow. The breadth of surgical procedures included in paediatrics is limited, but seeing Dr Ignacio Ponseti describing his own technique for clubfoot management is almost worth the purchase price of the entire book.

It is a comprehensive atlas of current operative techniques for the general orthopaedic surgeon, and is useful for surgeons of any level.

Review by: Dr Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Orthopaedic Trainee, Hong Kong.