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February 1988

Hip Disarticulation for Paraplegics With Decubitus Ulcers

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Englewood, Colo

Arch Surg. 1988;123(2):258. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400260146021

To the Editor.—Regarding the article by Lawton and De Pinto,1 I whole-heartedly agree with their recommendations and with the editorial comments by Dr Chase. Hip disarticulation has been the procedure of choice for paraplegics with decubitus ulcers at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. This procedure can transform severely debilitated patients into individuals able to transfer themselves from bed to wheelchair; to move about in a wheelchair more freely; to take part in social activities without the odor of open decubitus wounds; and to resume a more normal life-style. Just about every patient who has undergone this procedure has been satisfied with the results.

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