Branko Kopjar

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the excess mortality after hip fracture and to reveal whether, and eventually when, the excess mortality vanished in different groups of age and gender. A population-based, prospective, matched-pair, cohort study among persons 50 years of age and older was conducted involving 1338 female and 487 male hip fracture(More)
OBJECT Rates of complications associated with the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are not clear. Appreciating these risks is important for patient counseling and quality improvement. The authors sought to assess the rates of and risk factors associated with perioperative and delayed complications associated with the surgical(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective, multicenter cohort study. OBJECTIVE Assess for differences in short- and long-term mortality between operative and nonoperative treatment for elderly patients with type II odontoid fractures. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA There is controversy regarding whether operative or nonoperative management is the best treatment for(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) is a growth factor known to have in vitro effects on the growth and invasiveness of cancer. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in limited doses for single-level anterior spinal arthrodesis, but it is commonly used off-label and at high doses. The effect of rhBMP-2(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with single-level cervical degenerative disc disease, total disc arthroplasty can relieve radicular pain and preserve functional motion between two vertebrae. We compared the efficacy and safety of cervical total disc arthroplasty with that of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the treatment of single-level cervical(More)
This study reviewed surgical treatment methods in patients with type II odontoid fracture who were admitted to a level 1 spinal cord injury center during a 20-year period. Of the 186 patients who met inclusion criteria, 75 were treated operatively. The rate of surgical intervention increased during the study period. Length of hospital stay was not related(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. OBJECTIVE This study aims to determine the psychometric properties of the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) scale. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Several outcome measures assess functional impairment and quality of life in patients with cervical myelopathy. However, a "gold standard" has not been established.(More)
BACKGROUND Intertrochanteric hip fractures have become more common as the elderly population continues to increase, and surgical stabilisation of these fractures remains a persistent challenge. The purpose of this study was to analyse the ability of a new helical blade device to stabilise intertrochanteric hip fractures, and to further determine which(More)
BACKGROUND Dens fractures are relatively common in the elderly. The treatment of Type-II dens fractures remains controversial. The aim of this multicenter prospective cohort study was to compare outcomes (assessed with use of validated clinical measures) and complications of nonsurgical and surgical treatment of Type-II dens fractures in patients sixty-five(More)
STUDY DESIGN A prospective observational multicenter study. OBJECTIVE To help solve the debate regarding whether the anterior or posterior surgical approach is optimal for patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The optimal surgical approach to treat CSM remains debated with varying opinions favoring anterior(More)