Articles | Volume 4, issue 5
J. Bone Joint Infect., 4, 203–208, 2019
J. Bone Joint Infect., 4, 203–208, 2019

Review 18 Sep 2019

Review | 18 Sep 2019

The Girdlestone situation: a historical essay

C.M. Vincenten1, T. Gosens1, J.C. van Susante2, and M.P. Somford2 C.M. Vincenten et al.
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Keywords: Hip resection arthroplasty, Girdlestone

Abstract. The eponymous term 'Girdlestone situation' originally referred to an excision of the femoral head in case of an acute pyogenic infection of the hip, described by Gathorne Robert Girdlestone in 1945. Over time the procedure and the indication to perform it have significantly changed. This article presents a short biography of Girdlestone with a concomitant report on investigating the evolution of the indication and technique of the Girdlestone situation from the first description up to contemporary literature.