Symposium fuels support for research

By Lindsay Law

Approximately 82 percent of battlefield-injured U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan sustain extremity injuries. Many of these injuries, which are distinct from standard trauma, are made more challenging by the effects of improvised explosive devices or vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.

To address the increasing number of extremity war injuries sustained by soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, the AAOS, in conjunction with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), brought together the nation’s top orthopaedic and trauma surgeons and researchers for Extremity War Injuries III: Challenges in Definitive Reconstruction (EWI III). The symposium, held Jan. 23-24, 2008, in Washington, D.C., focused on research findings in the areas of soft-tissue defects, segmental bone defects, open tibial shaft fractures, and massive periarticular reconstructions.

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