Extremity War Injuries

Together, Civilian and Military Surgeons Advance the Care of Wounded Warriors

The majority of trauma that occurs in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom is orthopaedic-related, particularly involving the upper and lower extremities. The AAOS supports several research events and programs partnering military orthopaedic surgeons to advance the care of the wounded warrior. Its annual symposia series, "Extremity War Injuries," has served to define current knowledge regarding management of extremity war injuries for NIH, Congress, the Department of Defense, orthopaedic surgeons, researchers, industry, and other relevant governmental agencies. Beginning in 2006, the AAOS, along with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) has sponsored annual symposia and subsequent publications:

The Extremity War Injuries and Disaster Preparedness Project Team (EWIDP) was formed in 2006 to formalize relationships between civilian and military surgeons for collaboration on research and treatment of extremity war and disaster injuries.

Opportunities for Involvement:

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Federal Advocacy Efforts (All in PDF format):