Back to the front lines: Amputees keep fighting

By Peter Pollack

Study looks at factors contributing to soldiers’ return

Damage-control orthopaedic treatment of wounded military personnel often begins on the front line. Military surgeons débride and irrigate open wounds, apply external fixation, and perform fasciotomy and revascularization. As a result, injured patients receive an average of two procedures before arriving at a military hospital in the United States—often within 96 hours of injury.

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