Book Review: Comprehensive Hip & Knee Textbook 1st Edition

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The Comprehensive Hip and Knee Textbook 1st Edition by the ASEAN Arthroplasty Association and The Hip and Knee Society is a comprehensive textbook for arthroplasty surgeons and healthcare professionals managing hip and knee patients in the ASEAN region.

Contributed by select experts on arthroplasty from ASEAN region, the book essentially lays out theoretical concepts and tips for routine practice in primary hip and knee arthroplasty.

The book is written with the ASEAN hip and knee arthroplasty surgeons in mind. The editorial board took great lengths in selecting regional experts and healthcare professionals in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty. The contributing authors and editors also tapped on the time tested experience of these surgeons, combined that with currently accepted treatment guidelines to treat hip and knee problems peculiar to the ASEAN region.

The table of contents is chronologically arranged- from patient selection to post op management, to guide surgeons as he goes to the process of treating a hip and knee patient. These include the various approaches, implant selection, pre op and intraop techniques, to postoperative rehabilitation and management of potential complications.

The content is written formally with citations to recently published researches to back up concepts laid out in the book. It however, maintained a more spontaneous, lively narrative akin to a surgeon managing a hip or knee patient and at the same time, teaching surgeons  technical pearls in hip and knee surgery. What’s more exciting is the book’s anchor on current literature, citing accepted treatment protocols but adapting time tested regional experience to address hip and knee surgery problems in the ASEAN region.

Another thing I liked about this book is the clarity and simplicity to which key concepts are expounded. The chronological progression of concepts, techniques, pearls and management peculiarities makes it easier for the reader to follow the flow of thoughts through the chapters of the book. The authors clearly spent time simplifying concepts to make it really understandable even to the newest surgeon in practice.

Notable also is the book’s detailed and orderly presentation of techniques. Picture plates of diagnostics, pre op and actual surgeries brought the presentation alive. Since arthroplasty is a very visual field of practice, the reader will gain much by studying the picture plates

Index is arranged alphabetically with word appearances paged chronologically so it will be easy to find similar concepts appearing in the different chapters of the book.

All in all this is a well written, collated, well presented textbook for ASEAN hip and knee surgeons. It succeeded in compiling hip and knee arthroplasty concepts from well known experts in the region. It also succeeded in elucidating current treatment protocols , combining that with the ASEAN experience, to create a hip and knee textbook tailored made for the ASEAN hip and knee surgeons and their patients!

The Comprehensive Hip and Knee Textbook 1st Edition was edited by Aree Tanavalee, Christopher Scott Mow, Azlina Amir Abbas, Gregorio Marcelo Santos Azores, Nicolaas Cyrillus budhiparama and Ngai nung Lo. It was produced by the ASEAN Arthroplasty Association and The Hip and Knee Society. It was first published in Thailand in 2013 by Holistic Publishing co, Ltd. The copyright belongs to The Thai Hip& Knee Society.

To purchase a copy of the book in the Philippines, please contact Elizabeth Fullente, secretary Department of Orthopedics, UP-PGH. 

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (