Axel Gänsslen

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Between 1972 and 1993, 1899 patients with fractures of the pelvis were treated at the authors institution. The pelvic ring was fractured in 1479 patients, and 1029 sustained polytrauma. A retrospective study included four parts: (1) Demographic analysis of 1409 patients showed an increase in the severity of pelvic and general trauma during this period. The(More)
3260 patients with pelvic and acetabular fractures were assessed using a standardized documentation form by collating the data on 1905 patients treated at the Department of Traumatology of the Hannover Medical School together with those patients treated between 1991 and 1993 in the German Multicentre Study Group (Pelvis) of the German Trauma Society and the(More)
The blood loss during the acute period after complex pelvic trauma is finally responsible for the high mortality associated with this specific type of injury. Several protocols have been published for optimized management, but up to now comparable data are not available as no exact definitions exist judging the severty of trauma and blood loss. As part of(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine longitudinal trends in mortality, and the contribution of specific injury characteristics and treatment modalities to the risk of a fatal outcome after severe and complex pelvic trauma. METHODS We studied 5048 patients with pelvic ring fractures enrolled in the German Pelvic Trauma Registry Initiative between 1991 and 1993,(More)
Open reduction and internal fixation of unstable pelvic ring fractures provides the best stability of fixation as well as the best late clinical results. Whereas several studies have supported this both in biomechanical studies and clinical trials, there is still controversy about the long-term outcome of these injuries. A series of 58 patients who had(More)
The blood loss during the acute period after complex pelvic trauma is finally responsible for the high mortality associated with this specific type of injury. Several protocols have been published for optimized management, but up to now comparable data are not available as no exact definitions exist judging the severity of trauma and blood loss. As part of(More)
The application of the pelvic clamp as a tool for emergency stabilization of unstable pelvic ring fractures has proved to be a life-saving procedure. Using correct technique, the pelvic clamp can be applied within a few minutes after the patient's admission. To avoid severe complications (eg, pin perforation into the pelvis) during the application, anatomic(More)
Injuries of the joints of the pelvis and of the acetabulum are still a problem even today. When the joints of the pelvis are damaged the risk of complicated pelvic injuries, that is to say pelvic injuries with damage to the soft tissues in and around the pelvis, is increased threefold. The lethality, the overall gravity of the injuries, the probability of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to assess the associations between the timing of secondary definitive fracture surgery on inflammatory changes and outcome in the patient with multiple injuries. The study population consists of a series of patients with multiple injuries who were managed using a strategy of primary temporary skeletal stabilization(More)
With further improvements of the prehospital rescue systems, an increasing number of patients with extreme injuries such as traumatic hemipelvectomy are admitted to trauma centers alive. The accepted definition of traumatic hemipelvectomy is: unstable ligamentous or osseous hemipelvic injury with rupture of the pelvic neurovascular bundle (open or closed(More)