Long Term Results of the Shelf Operation

Original article


M. A. Lenghi

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 2, No.2. July 1979: 9-15


1. The Shelf procedure still stands on its own merits as a justifiable procedure in the treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip.
2. As long as the technique is sound and is not carried out too late the patient is expected to gain from it as much as any allied method of stabilization.
3. The Shelf should not be too high or too big or too small and it should be brought down as close as possible to the head of the femur and retained there.
4. Absorption and upward migration of the Shelf have been reported but it is highly probable that improper technique is responsible.
5. Shelves are highly functional and the onset of O.A. in a joint is either delayed or prevented by such a procedure.

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