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Release: Sept. 26, 2001
UI Health Care honors clubfoot treatment pioneer Ignacio Ponseti
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A subspecialty orthopaedic clinic that serves infants
with clubfoot at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is being named in
honor of Ignacio Ponseti, M.D.
The Ponseti Clubfoot Treatment Center, located within the Reginald R. Cooper
Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic, will be dedicated during public ceremonies at
11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 on the lower level of the Pappajohn Pavilion.
The ceremonies will include a brief presentation by R. Edward Howell, director
and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics.
The 87-year-old Ponseti -- who perfected a nonsurgical method of treating
infants with clubfoot -- is also being honored during the Orthopaedic Alumni
meeting the same day.
The "Ponseti method" uses manipulations and casting as opposed
to the medical establishment's longstanding practice of surgically correcting
babies born with clubfoot.
Ponseti, a native of Spain, became a Spanish army volunteer at a young age,
treating hundreds of orthopaedic wounds during the Spanish Civil War. After
the war he came to the United States and studied under Dr. Arthur Steindler,
who chaired the UI department of orthopaedics at that time.
During the 1950s Ponseti took special interest in children with clubfoot
and developed the "Ponseti method." His studies helped define the
basic nature of clubfoot and demonstrated the steps to follow to achieve a
successful nonsurgical correction of the deformity. Patient studies quoted
in Ponseti's book, "Congenital Clubfoot: Fundamentals of Treatment,"
(Oxford University Press, 1996) confirm the success of his approach.
Although only a handful of orthopaedic surgeons (among them Frederick Dietz,
M.D., Jose Morcuende, M.D., and Stuart Weinstein, M.D., from University of
Iowa Health Care) used his relatively simple method, in recent years the pendulum
has begun to swing as public and professional awareness has grown. Today,
more and more orthopaedic surgeons worldwide are recognizing the "Ponseti
method" as the proper, safe way to correct the deformity.
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