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John Gantt Yost, MD
(402) 462-2139
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1978

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Gary L Chingren, MD
(402) 462-2139
606 N Minnesota Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Ne
Group Practice: Hastings Orthopaedic Assoc

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Eugene W Peck, MD
(402) 462-2139
309 N Shore Dr
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Scott L Franssen
(402) 462-4241
223 E 14th St
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dennis P McGowan, MD
(308) 237-0889
1215 First Ave
Kearney, NE
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Dennis P McGowan MD
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Barry Allan Bohlen, MD
(402) 462-2139
606 N Minnesota Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1997

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Charles James Nowacek, MD
(402) 462-2139
606 N Minnesota Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Ne
Group Practice: Hastings Orthopaedic Assoc

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John K Pershing, DDS
(402) 462-4173
624 N Minnesota Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Stephen Michael Hansen, MD
223 E 4th St
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1999

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Dr.Jason Michaels
Midwest NeuroSurgery \x26 Spine Specialists, 8005 Farnam Dr Ste 305
Omaha, NE
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M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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