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Article
September 27, 1924

MOBILIZATION OF JOINTS WITH BONY ANKYLOSIS: AN ANALYSIS OF ONE HUNDRED AND TEN CASES

Author Affiliations

MEMPHIS, TENN.

JAMA. 1924;83(13):976-981. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130016006
Abstract

Operations for the restoration of function in joints with bony ankylosis have not as yet become standardized, but the success attained within recent years by a small number of surgeons in Europe and America shows decided progress in this field of surgery. In general, there is a paucity of facts regarding technic, aftertreatment and results, and there is also a confusion of methods employed, as evidenced by a recent symposium before the International Society of Surgery.1 Groves compiled, from twenty English surgeons, 182 operations, but from an analysis of these it is apparent that ninety-two were excisions or so-called nearthroses, and only ninety could be classed as true arthroplasties, by which is meant a surgical procedure to reconstruct the component parts of a normal joint, and not the removal of a mass of bone for the sole purpose of producing pseudarthrosis or an ununited fracture. Unfortunately, the American opinion

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