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Polio (cont.)

Polio Surgery

There is an extensive body of literature that describes the various surgical techniques that have been used to treat polio patients. Most polio patients who undergo surgery have either not had treatment or failed medical treatments and are often in the residual or post-polio syndrome stage (see prognosis section below). Such a discussion is too lengthy to present in this article, but the surgical topics listed below can give readers insight into the long-term complications that may result from paralytic polio and why vaccination that prevents the disease is so important:

  • Contracture release surgery
  • Muscle transplantation
  • Joint stabilization, joint fusion, and joint replacement surgery
  • Limb lengthening
  • Foot correction surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/18/2013
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