Book Review: Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2nd edition
Editors: Brian J. Cole and Jon K. Sekiya. Associate Editors: Geoffrey S. Van Thiel and
Jack G. Skendzel.
Publisher: Saunders Elsevier

Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

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This book of 92 chapters is simply organized into three Parts showing you the “how-to” on performing both open and arthroscopic surgeries for sports-related injuries involving the shoulder, elbow and knee.

Each of Parts 1, 2 and 3 starts with some chapters covering General Principles and continues with chapters on surgical techniques on different parts of the shoulder, elbow and knee.

In Part 1 on the Shoulder for example, you will find chapters on surgical techniques on shoulder instability, the rotator cuff, and other specialized techniques. In Part 2 on the Elbow, after a chapter on General Principles, you are offered chapters on arthroscopic procedures.

And in Part 3 on the Knee, what follows a chapter on General Principles are various sets of chapters on surgical techniques on the Meniscus, the Articular Cartilage, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, the Posterior Cruciate Ligament Posterolateral Corner, and other surgical techniques.

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The material in this book was contributed by more than 180 experts on various medical
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Among other topics, it covers importantly, three aspects of such surgery: patient positioning and the latest surgical techniques; pearls and pitfalls, and postoperative care.

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• Broaden your knowledge base on today’s most common techniques, including rotator cuff procedures; shoulder and knee instability; and athletic throwing arm issues.
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The authors of this book have contributed an immense amount of material to make this book truly valuable to budding and experienced surgeons, and its editors have done a marvelous job organizing and presenting that material so that readers understand the material easily. This requires a lot of judgment.

Each of this book’s chapters is well organized for easier browsing, learning and retention of material. Below the chapter and authors’ bylines is a box highlighting: Chapter Synopsis, Important Points, Pearls, and Pitfalls.

What follows are topics and discussions, interspersed with charts, figures, full-color photos, tables, and other visual elements. Each chapter ends with a short Conclusion and References.

Some information on the editors of this book:

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA is Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics and in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Section Head of the Cartilage Restoration Center at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Jon K. Sekiya, MD is Larry S. Matthews Collegiate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and Associate Professor at MedSport at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Geoffrey S. Van Thiel, MD, MBA is Clinical Instructor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and at Rockford Orthopedic Associates in Rockford, Illinois.

Jack G. Skendzel, MD is Sports Medicine Fellow at The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.