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John Dee Bailey, DO
(505) 784-3658
7704 Oklahoma Ct
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1990

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Frederick John Hensal, MD
(806) 725-4865
2000 W 21st St Ste J
Clovis, NM
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Anthony F Pachelli, MD
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St SE
Albuquerque, NM
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New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates
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Orthopedics

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Dr.Brant Bair
(505) 982-5014
1630 Hospital Drive
Santa Fe, NM
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M
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: Saint Vincents
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.9, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Moheb S Moneim, MD
(505) 272-4107
MSC10 5600-1,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jacob George, MD
(505) 763-1197
2301 N Thomas St
Clovis, NM
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Jose H Velez, MD
(505) 762-2223
2301 N Thomas St
Clovis, NM
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1975

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Robin Sann Gossum
(505) 424-0200
1631 Hospital Dr
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kari Miroslaw Babinski, MD
(715) 847-3225
201 Cedar Street North East South
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1992

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Wayne Cornell Lindsey, MD
(505) 525-3535
675 Avenida de Mesilla
Las Cruces, NM
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1979

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Arthroplasty or ORIF: Which is Better for Elbow Fracture?

There is much debate among surgeons about the treatment of elbow fractures. In particular, fractures of the radial head can be difficult to manage. This article addresses those issues and tries to shed some light on the subject.

There are two bones in the forearm that meet at the elbow: the ulna and the radius. The ulna fits into the elbow socket while the radius swivels back and forth against the bottom of the humerus (upper arm).

The top of the radius is called the radial head. The head has a flat top to allow it to glide back and forth as the hand turns palm up and palm down. One-third of all elbow fractures occur at the radial head and neck. In many cases, the injury is caused by a fall on the outstretched hand and arm. The elbow dislocates, and the ligaments around the elbow are torn.

The big question is: should the elbow be repaired or replaced? Elbow joint replacement is called an arthroplasty. Repair is done with an operation called open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The authors describe both procedures in detail and discuss when to use each one.

Part of the problem in making this decision is the lack of studies comparing the two operations. And changes in the type of implants and methods used are occurring so fast that results of recent studies reported are already outdated.

The authors suggest that the surgeon must be prepared to make the final decision in the operating room. Fracture pattern and amount of soft tissue damage must be assessed before choosing the best way to stabilize the elbow and restore motion. They prefer the new precontoured implants for ORIF when it can be done easily. Complex injuries require radial head arthroplasty.

Future studies are needed comparing these two treatment options with long-term follow-up before best practice can be determined. Until this information is available, the surgeon must weigh all the factors and make the best decision possible. Keeping up with all the latest c...

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