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Alexander J Bibighaus
(662) 844-5330
4381 S Eason Blvd
Tupelo, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Clyde Bennett Phillips, MD
(662) 844-8699
1464 Medical Park Cir
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: North Mississippi Med Ctr, Tupelo, Ms
Group Practice: Tupelo Bone & Joint Clinic

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Kenneth A Grinspun, MD
1464 Medical Park Cir
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1997

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Earl Emerson Whitwell, MD
(662) 842-6364
4381 S Eason Blvd Ste 102
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1968

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Dr.James White
(662) 844-8699
1464 Medical Park Circle
Tupelo, MS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.ALEXANDER BIBIGHAUS
(662) 844-5330
4381 South Eason Boulevard #303
Tupelo, MS
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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F Mitchell Massey
(662) 844-5330
4381 S Eason Blvd
Tupelo, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Stephen Robert Southworth
(662) 840-5747
4381 S Eason Blvd
Tupelo, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James Lafayette White, MD
(662) 844-8699
1464 Medical Park Cir
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984

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William Louis Rice
(662) 840-5747
4381 S Eason Blvd
Tupelo, MS
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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