Utilizing a "perfectly good operation not being performed" (arthrodesis) by applying a new operative technique for insertion of an internal fixation device for hip fusions, Theodore A. Fox, MD, Chicago, has achieved "clinicallysolid" osteosynthesis in 92% of 70 cases. He has performed the series over the past eight years.
Dr. Fox, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois Medical School and attending orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Masonic and Research and Education hospitals, discussed patient benefits of the new procedure with JAMAMedical News. He cited several specific advantages gained by use of his method. The technique
Provides positive internal fixaation;
Neutralizes all abnormal stress and strain while nature completes a bony growth across the joint;
Reduces hospitalization to an average stay of less than two weeks;
Needs no external fixation in most cases (such as Spica cast); and