This article was updated on August 31, 2016, because of a previous error. On pages 1408 and 1412, the second author’s name had read “Mitchell A. Bernstein” and now reads “Mitchell Bernstein.” Additionally, on page 1412, the author’s name had read “M.A. Bernstein” and now reads “M. Bernstein.”
An erratum has been published: J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Oct 5;98(19):e87.
Limb reconstruction surgery is an emerging subspecialty. In the past year, 5 major events highlighted the growing interest in this field. The first combined meeting of the 3 international societies devoted to the study and advancement of limb lengthening and reconstruction—the Association for the Study and Application of the Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI) International, the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS)-North America, and the International LLRS (ILLRS)—was held in November 2015, in Miami. Second, a new journal, the Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction, was launched. Third, the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery Case Atlas was published (Springer International; S.R.R. and R.C.H., editors). This is a major work in association with the LLRS, with 3 volumes and 302 cases covering all aspects of limb reconstruction. Fourth, the LLRS supported and participated in the AAOS/OREF/ORS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation/Orthopaedic Research Society) Clinician Scholar Career Development Program. Lastly, the LLRS Traveling Fellowship program was implemented.
In addition to these events, numerous articles related to limb reconstruction and deformity correction were published in 2015. This Specialty Update provides a summary of this recent research.
Congenital Limb Deficiencies
Several studies investigated the treatment of congenital limb deficiencies. Shahcheraghi and Javid found that the majority of children with tibial hemimelia had a good functional outcome following reconstructive procedures or knee disarticulation1. In a study involving the largest series of tibial hemimelia cases reported from a single institution, other investigators used …
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