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Robert A Shively, MD
(314) 652-4100
915 N Grand Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Business
Washington University Orthopedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Osmond G Jones, DDS
(314) 344-1121
2388 Schuetz Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Ronald Earl Palmer, MD
(309) 676-5546
12303 de Paul Dr
Bridgeton, MO
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Med Ctr, Peoria, Il
Group Practice: Orthopedic Institute Of Illinois

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Jacques Simon Van Ryn, MD
(314) 291-3399
12277 de Paul Dr Ste 305
Bridgeton, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1979

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Katherine Anne Burns, MD
(314) 291-3399
12277 de Paul Dr Ste 305
Bridgeton, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1995

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Tony Heng-Chi Hsu, DDS
(314) 344-1121
2388 Schuetz Rd Ste 3A-55
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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E Glenn Glassman, DDS
(314) 739-8888
2388 Schuetz Rd Ste A55
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Terry Joe Weis, DO
(314) 837-5555
12277 de Paul Dr Ste 100
Bridgeton, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1973

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William Carlton Schroer, MD
(314) 291-3399
12277 de Paul Dr Ste 305
Bridgeton, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1989

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S Vic Glogovac
(314) 291-7510
12255 De Paul Dr
Bridgeton, MO
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Hand 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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