Accession Number : ADA111476
Title : Internal Prosthetic Replacement of Skeletal Segments Lost in Combat Injuries.
Descriptive Note : Summary rept. 1972-1973,
Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV AT CHICAGO CIRCLE DEPT OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING
Personal Author(s) : Rostoker,W ; Galante,J
Report Date : 31 Aug 1973
Pagination or Media Count : 66
Abstract : Research directed reconstruction toward the development of prostheses and procedures for the internal reconstruction of long bones such that function of limbs is restored. One of the frequent problems encountered in war casualties involving the extremities is the major loss of segments of long bones or of part of bones and the intervening joint. This is a serious clinical problem, where reconstruction can be extremely difficult or impossible with the existing surgical techniques. In many instances, amputation is the only alternative left ot the the surgeon. The purpose of this inventigation is the development of artificial replacements for large segments of long bones. These replacements would allow reconstruction in cases of major loss of structure in long bones and also in cases where intervening major joints are also involved. The basic postulate is the development of prosthetic devices capable of becoming integral with the patients skeletal structure. Bone ingrowth into the pores and open spaces of porous material would provide living fixation and incorporation of the implant into the patient's bony structure. The design of these internal prostheses would allow for full, load bearing function during the lifetime of the patient.
Descriptors : *PROSTHETICS , REPLACEMENT , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , ARMS(ANATOMY) , LEGS , BONES , SKELETON
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE