Thoracic Spine Injury Specialists Boise ID

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Charles T Floyd
(208) 323-2600
1075 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Steven Brooks Care, MD
(208) 383-0201
600 Robbins Rd Ste 401
Boise, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.Larry Showalter
(208) 383-0201
600 W Robbins Rd # 101
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Michael John Coughlin, MD
(208) 377-1000
901 N Curtis Rd Ste 503
Boise, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: St Alphonsus Reg Med Ctr, Boise, Id; Treasure Valley Hospital, Boise, Id

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Jeffrey Glenn Hessing, MD
(208) 321-4790
901 N Curtis Rd Ste 501
Boise, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Louis Murdock
(208) 383-0201
600 W Robbins Rd # 100
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Michael Johnston, MD
(208) 323-2600
1075 N Curtis Rd Ste 300
Boise, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1981

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Michael J Coughlin
(208) 377-1000
901 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery

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William D Lenzi
(208) 376-1230
914 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Ronald Mark Kristensen, MD
(208) 323-2600
1075 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1990

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Surgical Treatment of Unstable Thoracic Spine Injuries

Severe injuries to the thoracic spine occur with some car accidents. These high-energy injuries cause significant trauma to the spine. Surgery is needed to restore the vertebrae to a stable position. A major goal of treatment is to foster as much neurologic recovery as possible. In some cases, preventing paralysis may not be possible.

It's not clear yet what kind of stabilization procedure is best for these traumatic spinal injuries. Rods placed alongside the spine have been used with disappointing results. Plates and screws along the posterior (back of the) vertebra give better correction.

In this study, screws were placed through the pedicles of the vertebrae. The pedicle is the area of the vertebra that is between the upper and lower spinal (facet) joints. Sometimes it is called the pars articularis.

The pedicle is stiffer than the vertebral body. It provides a place where the screws are less likely to pull out of the bone. Stainless steel screws were used because of their ability to resist fatigue failure while the bone graft healed. A large diameter screw 50 to 80 per cent the length of the vertebral body was selected.

Screws were placed in every pedicle on both sides of the vertebrae. The screws spanned from two to three segments above the area of injury to several segments below the lowest area of instability.

Using pedicle screws as anchors made it possible for the surgeon to distract, rotate, and place the broken and displaced vertebrae in proper alignment. Once the screws were in place, a rod to span the entire length of the surgical site helped unlock the overlapping facets.

The spinal deformity was reduced and maintained in 15 of the 18 patients treated with posterior-only pedicle screws. There were very few complications after the operation. This approach avoids doing an additional anterior or combined anterior/posterior fusion of the spine. Local bone graft is used to obtain a posterior-lateral fusion only.

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