Thoracic Spine Injury Specialists Dover DE

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Stephanie E Steckel, DDS
(302) 672-7776
42 Hiawatha Ln
Dover, DE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Glen Rowe
(302) 730-4366
540 S Governors Ave # 201
Dover, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Ohio Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Eric Schwartz
(302) 730-0840
230 Beiser Blvd # 100
Dover, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Frank Ulrich Hermantin, MD
720 S Queen St
Dover, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1992

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Edward B Leahey, MD
(302) 674-1906
102 Fox Hall Dr
Dover, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Stephen G Manifold
(302) 735-8705
720 S Queen St
Dover, DE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard Paul Dushuttle, MD
(302) 678-8447
640 S Queen St
Dover, DE
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Bay Health Med Ctr -Kent, Dover, De

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J Hamilton Easter Jr, MD
(302) 735-8700
720 S Queen St
Dover, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Bay Health Med Ctr -Kent, Dover, De
Group Practice: Tooze & Easter

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Dr.Michael Mattern
(302) 734-3416
724 South New Street
Dover, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Richard DuShuttle
(302) 678-4513
Ste 101, 240 Beiser Boulevard
Dover, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Bay Health Med Ctr -Kent, Dover, De
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.6, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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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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