Hand Surgeons Ames IA

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Robert Graham Gitchell, MD
(515) 239-4475
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1967

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Julie Diane Cassaidy, DDS
(515) 232-2152
707 5th St Ste 102
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Andrew Friederich
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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David Kent Sneller, MD
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1995

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Peter Goodrich Buck
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Peter G Buck, MD
(515) 239-4475
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1978

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James Andrew Friederich, MD
(515) 239-4400
3112 Greenwood Rd
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986

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Sarkis Kaspar, MD
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kim J Wass, DDS
(515) 232-2152
Suite 102 707 5th St
Ames, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Sarkis Kaspar
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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First-Hand Results of Hand Surgery

Do you ever wonder how doctors come up with new ways of doing surgery? Would you want to be the first one they tried a new method on? Fortunately, you won't have to. Tests are done first using animals or cadavers (human bodies preserved for study). One example is a new repair method for tendons in the hand.Recent studies have shown that early movement after hand surgery has the best results. Knowing this, doctors have used cadavers to try out different ways to make stitches (sutures). It is important to tie sutures that will not tear during early movement. The sutures must be thin enough to allow the tendon to move or glide. A stronger but less bulky repair and smoother tendon motion keep scar tissue from forming.By using cadavers, doctors can try different repair methods and see the results right away. They can observe how well the tendon glides. The strength of the repaired tendon can also be measured. Using cadavers allows doctors to test how much load the sutures can handle. New computer technology and software allow a step-by-step process to gradually increase the pressure placed on the repaired tendon. Improved methods in surgery mean earlier and faster rehabilitation and recovery for patients.

Reference: 

David W. Sanders, MD, et al. The Effect of Flexor Tendon Repair Bulk on Tendon Gliding During Simulated Active Motion: An In Vitro Comparison of Two-Strand and Six-Strand Techniques. In The Journal of Hand Surgery. September 2001. Vol. 26A. No...

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