Articles | Volume 4, issue 5
18 Sep 2019
Review |  | 18 Sep 2019

The Girdlestone situation: a historical essay

C.M. Vincenten, T. Gosens, J.C. van Susante, and M.P. Somford

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.