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Russell Edward Little, DDS
(775) 329-0555
855 W 7th St Ste 2
Reno, NV
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.RICHARD BLAKEY
(775) 786-3040
555 North Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Laurence R Mc Clish, MD
(775) 333-5555
645 N Arlington Ave Ste 655
Reno, NV
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1966

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Renny Ravinder Uppal
(775) 786-3040
555 N Arlington Ave
Reno, NV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Dr.Laurence Mcclish
(775) 333-5555
645 North Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Ryan Dobbs
(775) 786-3040
555 North Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.7, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Mario Porras
(775) 358-1050
236 W 6th St Ste 200
Reno, NV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Peter Leonid Althausen, MD
(775) 786-3040
555 N Arlington Ave
Reno, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1999

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Kirk Alan Kaiser
(775) 786-3040
555 N. Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Travis David Kieckbusch, MD
(775) 333-5555
645 N Arlington Ave Ste 655
Reno, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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