Developing the MEROVA limb-saving method stems from the need for the systematic application of treatment solutions that crystallized during the clinical practice of the last 25 years.
Some of the elements can obviously be performed in line with the international recommendations in Hungarian conditions as well, thus they can be integrated into practical work. In a number of instances, however, a Hungarian approach to practical experiences and the international way of thinking can be observed. The development and systematization of the method praise the work of László Mecseky, István Rozsos and Gergely Vadász – the name of the method is an acronym, which is composed of their last names.
The advantage of the method is that the exercises to follow one by one ensure the possibility of an efficient limb salvage even to colleagues of less experience, as well as helps educate patients, which is the fundamental enabler of long-term efficiency.
Over the past 25 years, the application of the MEROVA method has made previously recommended large limb amputations unnecessary in thousands of cases, thereby preserving both the patients’ mobility and ability to work, as well as the quality of their lives. Hasty amputations have irreversible consequences on individual, family and society level, not to mention the huge burden it puts on rehabilitation care.
Adhering to the MEROVA method consistently results in saving the patient’s limb and thereby the patient’s life.