Lower extremity limb salvage: Lessons learned from 14 years at war

James A. Blair, Emmanuel D. Eisenstein, Sarah N. Pierrie, Wade Gordon, Johnny G. Owens, Joseph R. Hsu

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American survivability during the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to improve, though the rate of extremity injury remains quite high. The decision to proceed with amputation versus limb salvage remains controversial. Exposure to combat wound with severe high-energy lower extremity trauma during the previous 14 years at war has incited important advances in limb salvage technique and rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S11-S15
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Amputation
  • Circular external fixation
  • IDEO
  • Ilizarov
  • Limb salvage
  • Return to run

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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