William T Hardaker

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Seventy-three knees with a symptomatic plica were managed using both conservative and operative methods. Twelve patients were successfully treated conservatively. Fifty-seven patients (sixty-one knees) underwent arthrotomy and partial synovectomy or a release of the plica through the operating arthroscope, and all but two returned to full activity. The(More)
Limb salvage was successful in 25 patients treated for severe grade III upper extremity injuries. In a retrospective review of 20 men and five women, follow-up time averaged 26 months. These high-energy injuries were characterized by massive soft-tissue injury, highly comminuted fractures, and significant neurovascular injury. Farm, industrial, and(More)
Bilateral total knee arthroplasties were performed in twenty-six patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Twelve had simultaneous operations bilaterally and fourteen had separate, staged procedures. The improvement in the two groups of patients was statistically comparable to the relief of pain and the over-all restoration of function.(More)
Injury to the posteromedial corner (PMC) of the knee differs anatomically and biomechanically from isolated injury to the medial collateral ligament. Newer anatomic and biomechanical studies are refining the field's understanding of the medial side of the knee, as well as its role in multiple ligament injuries. Valgus instability places additional strain on(More)
This report describes the anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical, and radiographic findings, and treatment of the synovial plicae of the knee joint. The suprapatellar plica is a synovial fold present in the suprapatellar pouch of the knee joint in approximately 20% of the population. This fold may become symptomatic after injury and cause symptoms similar to(More)
Knee arthrodesis can enable limb salvage in patients with disability secondary to trauma, infected total knee arthroplasty, pyarthrosis, and other complications. Historically, intramedullary nailing has resulted in the highest overall knee fusion rates. However, intramedullary nailing is relatively contraindicated in the presence of active infection.(More)
An analysis of the efficacy of two techniques of posterior spinal instrumentation in patients with idiopathic scoliosis was performed. Thirty-two consecutive patients treated with Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation and no external bracing were compared with 30 consecutive patients treated with Harrington rod instrumentation supplemented by Bobechko hooks,(More)
STUDY DESIGN One-hundred-fourteen patients with metastatic melanoma of the spine were retrospectively reviewed. OBJECTIVE The goal was to define the demographics, risk factors, and prognosis for this population. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The incidence of melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer. Therefore, orthopedic and neurologic surgeons(More)
Acute hemarthrosis of the knee usually results from a significant injury. Preoperative assessment, examination under anesthesia, and arthroscopic examination were conducted on patients with a total of 132 acutely injured knees associated with hemarthrosis and minimal clinical laxity to determine the presence and extent of injury to ligamentous and/or(More)
Meticulous care of open wounds in open fractures is essential to prevent development of infection. Wounds should be treated by early excision and early delayed or secondary closure. Primary closure is not necessarily beneficial and can actually increase the risk of infection. Culture for aerobic and anerobic organisms should be obtained at initial(More)