Published 1/1/2008

Making the wounded whole again

Extremity War Injuries III focuses on challenges in definitive reconstruction

More than 27,000 U.S. service men and women have been wounded in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Approximately 70 percent of these injuries are musculoskeletal in nature, mostly resulting from exploding devices. More than 1,000 individuals are amputees; more than 70 percent of amputations are major limbs.

For the past two years, the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons have cosponsored symposia exploring different aspects of extremity war injuries. On Jan. 23-24, representatives from the armed forces, specialty societies, government, and Congressional leaders will meet again in Washington, D.C., during Extremity War Injuries III: Challenges in Definitive Reconstruction (EWI III).

Co-chaired by Col. James R. Ficke, MD, and Andrew N. Pollak, MD, EWI III will examine current practices and treatment options for soft tissue defects, segmental bone defects, open tibial shaft fractures, and massive peri-articular reconstructions. Research updates and funding challenges will also be presented. Updates on the AAOS/OTA Landstuhl Visiting Scholars Program and the Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma Research Program will also be presented.

Upcoming issues of AAOS Now will cover various aspects of EWI III, and a summary article covering the symposium will appear in the Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS) later this year. Link to coverage of the two previous symposia—EWI I: State of the Art and Future Directions (2006) and EWI II: Development of Clinical Treatment Principles