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Steven Anthony Muller, MD
(770) 991-8170
Jonesboro, GA
Specialties
Medical Management, Orthopedic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1967

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Steven Anthony Muller, MD
(770) 714-3459
8155 Clubhouse Way
Jonesboro, GA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1967

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Barrett M Hunter, DDS
(770) 471-1991
405 Arrowhead Blvd STE C
Jonesboro, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Milton Butler Satcher, MD
(770) 994-8700
81 Upper Riverdale Rd SE Ste 120
Riverdale, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1956

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John Ezra Merryman, MD
275 Upper Riverdale Rd SW Ste B
Riverdale, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1966

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Troy Gregory Schmidt, MD
(770) 506-4350
2865 Lake Park Dr
Jonesboro, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 2001

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Pran N Sood
(770) 473-0038
1287 Hwy 138 Spur 8
Jonesboro, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Phillip Gerald Benton, MD
(404) 686-8101
Jonesboro, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1961

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Gokarnesan Natarajan, MD
(770) 996-4436
528 Valley Hill Rd SW
Riverdale, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mr Med Coll, Gulbarga Univ, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1970

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James W Dougherty, DDS
(770) 471-1440
12 Rountree Rd
Riverdale, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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