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Edward Akelman, MD
(401) 457-1500
2 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Business
University Orthopedics Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Thomas Patrick Galvin, MD
(617) 675-7090
1010 S Main St
Fall River, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1969

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Gary M Ferguson, MD
(401) 846-2547
46 Nayatt Rd
Barrington, RI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1981

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Louis A Fuchs
(508) 675-6104
324 Seaview Ave
Swansea, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kevin Mabie
(508) 646-9525
235 Hanover Street
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas P Galvin
(508) 675-4100
1010 S Main St
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Glenn Alan Dubler, MD
289 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kenneth G Knowles, MD FACS
(401) 739-1477
1268 Warwick Neck Ave
Warwick, RI
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts
Graduation Year: 1957

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Brad Green
(508) 646-9525
235 Hanover St
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jerald Katz
(508) 646-9525
235 Hanover St
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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