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Published in the magazine "The foot" - Elsevier

For a non-Spanish speaking reviewer this is a fascinating book. In fact the figures are so good that anyone can enjoy the feeling of being able to understand the language. The anatomical preparations by professor Golano illustrate the surgical procedures well.

“Key hole surgery” has attractions for the surgeon and for the pacient. Arthroscopic surgery has allowed the use of case facilities for patients who 40 years ago might have spent 10 days in hospital. Hip and knee replacement are being increasing performed using a minimal incision, although the risk of complications such as deep vein thrombosis has not been demonstrably reduced. Should foot and ankle surgeons be moving in the same direction?

De Prado and colleagues certainly make percutaneous surgery of the foot look attractive. Forefoot surgery is well covered with short chapters on plantar fascitis and the Haglund deformity only for the hindfoot. The techniques described are comprehensive, including popular procedures such as the scarf osteotomy for hallux valgus and citing many publications by Barouk and Weil on this procedure. This type of surgery is widely used but not to my knowledge by percutaneous surgery. What is needed of course are prospective studies to show that percutaneous surgery is just as good, if not better, than the conventional approach.

This volume may not convert all foot surgeons to change their practice. Even so it is well worthy of study. Non-Spanish speakers should not be deterred!

 

T.W.D. Smith
Northern General Hospital Herries Road
Sheffield S5 7AU. UK