Daniel B Polatsch

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OBJECTIVE To determine the relative stability of three fixation methods for displaced capitellum fractures. DESIGN Twelve matched pairs of embalmed humeri were divided into two equal groups and simulated capitellum fractures created. The first group compared cancellous lag screws placed in an anteroposterior direction to screws placed in the(More)
BACKGROUND Tape blisters after hip surgery can be a source of postoperative morbidity and can increase patient discomfort. The purpose of this prospective study was to compare two different types of tape to determine whether the type of tape influences the rate of blister formation. METHODS Ninety-nine patients (100 hips) were enrolled in the study.(More)
A tape blister, a skin excoriation that occurs under the taped portion of surgical bandages, can be a source of postoperative morbidity. Tape blisters are caused by the separation of the epidermis from the dermis at the dermal-epidermal junction. Tape resistant to stretching contributes to blister formation because of the concentration of forces at the ends(More)
This article describes the treatment of the two most debilitating hand-related boxing injuries: boxer's knuckle and traumatic carpal boss. Recognition of the normal anatomy as well as the predictable pathology facilitates an accurate diagnosis and precision surgery. For boxer's knuckle, direct repair of the disrupted extensor hood, without the need for(More)
During exercise, muscular expansion and swelling occur. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome represents abnormally increased compartment pressures and pain in the involved extremity secondary to a noncompliant musculofascial compartment. Most commonly, it occurs in the lower leg, but has been reported in the thigh, foot, upper extremity, and erector(More)
In order to determine the effects of two different headless screw designs on fixation of simulated capitellum fractures six matched pairs of embalmed humeri had simulated capitellum fractures created. Fixation with Acutrac compression screws was compared to Herbert screws in a matched pair experimental design. All specimens were cyclically tested with(More)
A laboratory study was performed to compare the stability and ultimate strength of three standard fixation techniques for split-type lateral tibial plateau fractures. The three methods of fixation were (a) three 6.5-mm cancellous lag screws with washers; (b) two 6.5-mm cancellous lag screws with washers and an additional antiglide 4.5-mm cortical screw with(More)
OBJECTIVES There is substantial variation in the classification and management of scapula fractures. The first purpose of this study was to analyze the interobserver reliability of the OTA/AO classification and the New International Classification for Scapula Fractures. The second purpose was to assess the proportion of agreement among orthopaedic surgeons(More)
Five hundred and sixteen community-dwelling, ambulatory, geriatric hip fracture patients who were independent prior to fracture were followed prospectively to determine which patients regained their prefracture independent living status at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up. At 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up, 78, 77, and 76% of the patients, respectively, had(More)