Thoracic Spine Injury Specialists Sharpsburg GA

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Michael Jack Mahaffey, DDS
(770) 487-6439
8 Eastbrook Bnd Ste B
Peachtree City, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Chad Kessler
(770) 502-2175
1755 Highway 34 E # 2100
Newnan, GA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Michael Alan Burke, MD
Peachtree City, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1991

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Michael V Cushing
(770) 502-2175
1755 Highway 34 E
Newnan, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Steven Merritt Wanderman
(770) 631-6410
211 Prime Point
Peachtree City, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Chad Michael Kessler, MD
(770) 502-2175
1755 Highway 34 E
Newnan, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1992

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Steven M Wanderman, MD
(770) 631-6410
211 Prime Pt Ste 2H
Peachtree City, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Steven M. Wanderman
(770) 631-6410
211 Prime Pt
Peachtree City, GA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Piedmont Fayette
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.5, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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George M Ballantyne, MD
(770) 502-2158
1755 Highway 34 E
Newnan, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1983

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Michael Paul Gruber, MD
770-502-21758
1755 Highway 34 E
Newnan, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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