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Dr.Russell Degroote
(719) 565-0311
212 West 13th Street
Pueblo, CO
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Nile Geoffrey Scott, DDS
(719) 545-2722
1641 Horseshoe Dr
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard Benton Schultz, MD
(719) 544-4883
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1991

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William Verity Watson, MD
(719) 296-9000
41 Montebello Rd Ste 216
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1974

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Lance Ronald Farnworth, MD
(719) 253-7102
3676 Parker Blvd Ste 110
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Raymond Fowler, MD
(801) 266-9935
1501 Court St
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1964

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Charles Foster Rowland, MD
(303) 232-1111
41 Montebello Rd Ste 216
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1971

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Randall W Ellis, DDS
(719) 545-5778
1022 Liberty Ln
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Drew Darwin Ritter, MD
(719) 253-7102
3676 Parker Blvd Ste 110
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1983

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Charles Alvin Hanson
(719) 553-2200
3676 Parker Blvd
Pueblo, CO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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