The following is a report of two successful hip-joint amputations performed by the writer on the same morning, at the S. F. Polyclinic wards of the City and County Hospital.
John L., aged 40, married, a sailor, with no history of heredity nor syphilis, had suffered for the past three years from hip-joint disease, resulting in ankylosis of both hip- and knee-joints, and which had been treated by extension and various palliative measures during this time. The gluteal muscles were atrophied from disuse and the gluteal fold obliterated. There was 6cm. of shortening. On Jan. 19, 1899, five or six incisions were made on the outer and inner side of the thigh and buttock, evacuating a great amount of pus which emanated from the hip-joint, which was resected two weeks later. At this time it was found that the acetabulum was badly diseased. The patient's condition was gradually getting worse;
LEVISON CG. AMPUTATION THROUGH HIP-JOINT.REPORT OF TWO SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS BY WYETH'S BLOODLESS METHOD.. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(25):1428-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450520023002m