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Introduction
James D. Heckman, MD
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 Mar 01;86(suppl 1):1-1
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The Journal is proud to present this supplement containing descriptions of new surgical techniques. Each of the techniques served as the foundation for a scientific article published in The Journal in 2003, and thus each has undergone a previous, rigorous peer review. Here, each of the techniques has been expanded and richly illustrated to serve as a resource for practicing orthopaedic surgeons. The abstract of the original scientific article is published in its entirety to put the technique in a clinical context. The authors then provide elaborate step-by-step details of the procedure itself, along with lists of indications and contraindications that they have developed after extensive experience with the procedure. The surgeons also describe pitfalls that have been encountered during the development of the technique. Finally, they provide an update of the surgical procedure. Many of the procedures were developed over a fairly long period of time, and modifications and advances in the technique have sometimes occurred since the time that the manuscript was submitted for publication. Therefore, the authors provide a relevant update describing how the procedure is currently performed at their institution. We hope to publish a Surgical Techniques supplement every six months, bringing to our readers information that will advance clinical care. As always, I solicit from you constructive criticism and guidance regarding how these Surgical Techniques supplements will be of greatest benefit to you.
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