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Archie C Perry, MD
(701) 731-1616
2800 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV
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Desert Orthopaedic Center
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Orthopedics

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Ivan Mindlin, MD FACS
1036 New Creek Ave
Henderson, NV
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Male
Education
Medical School: Manitoba
Graduation Year: 1955

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Arthur Lowell Tracht, MD
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: Dekalb Med Ctr, Decatur, Ga
Group Practice: North Dekalb Orthopedics Pc

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Richard Michael Dix, MD
(702) 451-0517
PO Box 50129
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1977

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Roger A Fontes
(702) 564-1234
1681 W Horizon Ridge Parkway
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Wilfred Krom, MD
(213) 749-4355
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1959

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Michael Stephen Ravitch, MD
(702) 564-1234
106 E Lake Mead Pkwy Ste 108
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966

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Roger Alfred Fontes Jr, MD
106 E Lake Mead Pkwy Ste 108
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dr.Ronald Koe
(702) 990-4555
1710 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy #120
Henderson, NV
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael S Ravitch
(702) 564-1234
1681 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy
Henderson, NV
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Best Way to Surgically Treat Complex Shoulder Fractures

When it comes to complex fractures of the humerus (upper arm) in older adults, surgeons really have their work cut out for them. There are so many things to keep in mind. A complex fracture usually means the bone is broken into three or four parts. Putting the pieces back together in a way that promotes recovery and return to full function can be a real challenge.

The age of the person matters because people over age 70 often have low bone mass and slow healing. The way in which the bone has fractured, the anatomy of the underlying structures, and risk of ischemia (loss of blood supply to the bone) are additional variables to consider. The chances of developing osteonecrosis (death of the bone) increase with each one of these factors.

A very well-known surgeon (Dr. Charles Neer) introduced the idea of replacing the shoulder instead of trying to repair it. That was back in 1970. Since then, surgeons have tried full joint replacement and hemiarthroplasty (replacing only one side of the joint). These methods have proven to work but not always smoothly. Ischemia and osteonecrosis are still major concerns. Pain relief and improvement in function and recovery aren't always guaranteed.

So, experts have gone back to the drawing board to rethink surgical treatment for these complex proximal humeral fractures. Proximal means the break occurred at the top of the shoulder where the round head and of the femur are located. They asked themselves if the results could be improved with better surgical technique.

They have tried developing implants specifically designed for the type of fracture involved. They have studied the anatomy of the joint very carefully trying to mimic it in every way with reconstructive surgery. Achieving optimal anatomical structures involves the structure, shape, angle, length, and orientation of bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments, even fat deposits.

To give you one example of why this is all important -- getting the proper height of the implant in the joint requires restoring the exact shape (contour) of the humerus where some of the muscles attach. Using the other shoulder as a template helps the surgeon reproduce "normal" as much as possible on the operative (fractured) side.

That brings us to the latest efforts in this area. This article reports on the use of reverse shoulder arthroplasty for three- and four-part proximal humeral fractures. The broken pieces are removed and replaced with a prosthesis (artificial joint). In the "normal" shoulder replacement, the socket side of the implant is a shallow plastic piece and the humeral component is a metal stem attached to a metal ball. In the reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and the socket are reversed.

Naturally, when a new technique is tried, the results must be recorded and reported. Studies done so far have been limited with small numbers of patients and short-term results. But so far the results have been more predictable with improved ...

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