Surgical

“Hands Free” Femoral Retraction

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in Editorial, Illustration, Surgical

“Hands Free” Femoral Retraction

The illustration posted in this example was created for the April 2013 issue of Orthopaedics feature and peer-reviewed article, Technical Trick: Simple, No-Hands Retraction for Lateral Approach to the Proximal Femur. A simple technique is described that allows the orthopaedic surgeon to perform no-hands retraction during the lateral approach to the proximal femur during fixation of an intertrochanteric fracture with a sliding hip screw. All instruments remain sterile and within 6 inches of the surgical wound. Use of this technique is particularly useful in the event that a surgeon is...

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Modular Taper Junctions

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Anatomical, Editorial, Illustration, Product, Surgical

Modular Taper Junctions

Illustration created for the article Evaluation and Treatment of Painful Total Hip Arthroplasties with Modular Metal Taper Junctions by R. Michael Meneghini, MD; Nadim J. Hallab, PhD; Joshua J. Jacobs, MD. Orthopedics May 2012, Volume 35, Number 5. Modern primary total hip arthroplasty femoral components have emerged to include modular necks. Subsequently, the additional taper junction provides another interface as a potential source for mechanically assisted crevice corrosion, which is a complex process involving fretting and crevice corrosion. Furthermore, it is becoming evident that an...

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Labor Analgesia

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 in Anatomical, Editorial, Illustration, Surgical

Labor Analgesia

This illustration is one of the latest editorial pieces completed for the American Academy of Family Physicians featuring Labor Analgesia. Depicted are a montage of images illustrating Epidural analgesia, a commonly employed technique which provides pain relief during labor. Epidural analgesia is a form of regional analgesia involving injection of drugs through a catheter placed into the epidural space. The injection can cause both a loss of sensation (anaesthesia) and a loss of pain (analgesia), by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord. The epidural...

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Biliopancreatic Diversion

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 in Illustration, Surgical

Biliopancreatic Diversion

‘Sleeve’ Gastrectomy and Duodenal Switch: Traditionally biliopancreatic diversion with lateral “sleeve” gastrectomy  and biliopancreatic diversion has been performed as a single or staged procedure for  patients categorized as “superobese”. The technical challenges of performing the procedure laparoscopically combined with the associated severe nutritional deficiencies have made this combined procedure less popular in recent years. Initially offered as the first part of the staged procedure prior to weight loss, the Sleeve gastrectomy has become increasingly popular as a...

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Failed Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 in Anatomical, Editorial, Illustration, Surgical

Failed Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

This illustration was commissioned for Arthroscopically Assisted Conversion of Total Shoulder Arthroplasty to Hemiarthroplasty With Glenoid Bone Grafting by Surena Namdari, MD, MSc; and David Glaser, MD for publication in ORTHOPEDICS October 2011 issue (ORTHOPEDICS November 2011;34(11):862). Aseptic loosening of the glenoid component after total shoulder arthroplasty presents a considerable treatment challenge in the setting of substantial glenoid bone loss.  Glenoid component explantation and bone grafting of defects has become a common methods of recreating bone stock in hopes of...

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Patellar Instability

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 in Anatomical, Editorial, Illustration, Surgical

Patellar Instability

According to Dr. Hu Xu of the Department of Orthopedics, Xijing Hospital, proximal soft-tissue realignment is the main surgical intervention for recurrent patellar instability. In recent years, all-inside arthroscopic procedures or mini-open surgeries comes to replace traditional operations which have more associated morbidity and poor cosmetic results. In this article (ORTHOPEDICS July 2011;34(7):524), Xu and his colleagues report a very simple and all-inside arthroscopic technique for the operative treatment of recurrent patellar instability. Using two epidural needles in several steps and...

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