Combat-Related Hemipelvectomy

14 Cases, a Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned

Jean Claude G D'Alleyrand, Louis R. Lewandowski, Jonathan A. Forsberg, Wade T. Gordon, Mark E. Fleming, Brian Mullis, Romney C. Andersen, Benjamin K. Potter

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Abstract

Objectives: Trauma-related hemipelvectomy is a rare and often fatal injury that poses a number of challenges to the treating surgeon. Our objective was to identify patient and injury characteristics that have proven difficult to treat, and to describe management techniques. Design: Retrospective review. Setting: Level II trauma center. Patients: Thirteen consecutive patients who underwent 14 combat-related hemipelvectomies between 2001 and 2013. Intervention: We reviewed our prospective trauma registry, along with the patients' medical records, radiographs, and clinical photographs. Main Outcome Measurements: Injury severity scores, required surgical procedures, ambulatory status, and bowel and bladder function. Results: Hemipelvectomy was indicated for insufficient soft tissue coverage, complicated by life-threatening local infection and/or a dysvascular hemipelvis. Five patients underwent resection for angioinvasive fungal infections. All patients sustained a genitourinary injury, with 7 requiring suprapubic catheters and all undergoing diverting colostomy. After a median of 2 years of follow-up, 2 patients had normal urinary continence and 3 regained fecal continence. The surviving patients required a mean of 44 operations. One patient returned to community ambulation. Conclusions: This is the largest published series of trauma-related hemipelvectomies. Our lessons learned may benefit civilian surgeons who are confronted with high-energy open injuries to the pelvic girdle. Although the decision to perform hemipelvectomy should not be taken lightly, this procedure can be lifesaving and should be performed in a timely fashion when indicated. Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e493-e498
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Volume29
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Keywords

  • combat Casualties
  • junctional injuries
  • trauma-related hemipelvectomies

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  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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D'Alleyrand, J. C. G., Lewandowski, L. R., Forsberg, J. A., Gordon, W. T., Fleming, M. E., Mullis, B., ... Potter, B. K. (2015). Combat-Related Hemipelvectomy: 14 Cases, a Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 29(12), e493-e498. https://doi.org/10.1097/BOT.0000000000000398

Combat-Related Hemipelvectomy : 14 Cases, a Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned. / D'Alleyrand, Jean Claude G; Lewandowski, Louis R.; Forsberg, Jonathan A.; Gordon, Wade T.; Fleming, Mark E.; Mullis, Brian; Andersen, Romney C.; Potter, Benjamin K.

In: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Vol. 29, No. 12, 01.12.2015, p. e493-e498.

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D'Alleyrand, JCG, Lewandowski, LR, Forsberg, JA, Gordon, WT, Fleming, ME, Mullis, B, Andersen, RC & Potter, BK 2015, 'Combat-Related Hemipelvectomy: 14 Cases, a Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned', Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. e493-e498. https://doi.org/10.1097/BOT.0000000000000398
D'Alleyrand, Jean Claude G ; Lewandowski, Louis R. ; Forsberg, Jonathan A. ; Gordon, Wade T. ; Fleming, Mark E. ; Mullis, Brian ; Andersen, Romney C. ; Potter, Benjamin K. / Combat-Related Hemipelvectomy : 14 Cases, a Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned. In: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2015 ; Vol. 29, No. 12. pp. e493-e498.
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