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Excision of Heterotopic Bone Around the Elbow

Ring, David MD; Jupiter, Jesse B. MD

Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery: March 2004 - Volume 8 - Issue 1 - p 25-33

Heterotopic ossification about the elbow is common and sometimes contributes to a disabling loss of motion. The traditional trepidation and pessimism regarding surgical excision of heterotopic bone is giving way to a realization that operative treatment is successful in most cases and dramatic functional improvements can be obtained. Famililarity with extensile exposure and operative technique will increase the safety and efficacy of the procedure.

Hand Surgery Service

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Boston, Massachusetts

Address correspondence and reprint requests to David Ring, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, ACC 525, Boston, MA 02114. E-mail:

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.