Joseph L. Laratta

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OBJECTIVE Vertebral column resection (VCR) is a surgical technique that may be applied for correction of moderate to severe spinal deformities, including those with large rigid curves, fixed trunk translation, or asymmetry between the length of the convex and concave column of the deformity. This article reviews the VCR technique as it relates to correction(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate current fixation techniques in the operative fixation of distal humerus fractures, both with conventional and locked plating in both parallel and orthogonal orientation. METHODS Twenty-eight upper extremities from 14 cadavers were prepared to create 4 implant testing constructs: Synthes locking plates(More)
OBJECTIVES Flail chest is a common injury sustained by patients who experience high-energy blunt chest trauma and results in severe respiratory compromise because of altered mechanics of respiration. There has been increased interest in operative fixation of these injuries with the intention of restoring the mechanical integrity of the chest wall, and(More)
Introduction: Gastritis cystica profunda (GCP) is a rare tumor which occurs more commonly in patients with prior gastric surgery. The nonspecific symptoms and radiographic appearance of this tumor mimic that of other hyperproliferative conditions making diagnosis difficult without definitive surgical resection. This report provides a comprehensive review of(More)
STUDY DESIGN Therapeutic anti-infective trial in rabbitsOBJECTIVE.: The purpose of the present study was to assess the efficacy of intrawound tobramycin powder in terms of eradicating a known bacterial contamination in an Escherichia coli infected rabbit spinal implantation model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Implant-associated surgical site infections(More)
BACKGROUND Given the increasing societal focus on health care utilization and value-based care, it is essential to understand the demographic and economic data surrounding percutaneous vertebral augmentation procedures performed in the United States. Double-blinded prospective randomized controlled trials have shown no benefit to the use of vertebroplasty(More)
Elbow tendinopathy accounts for the majority of elbow pathology in patients presenting to upper extremity and sports medicine surgeons. With increased participation in overhead sports in an aging population, the incidence of elbow injuries has risen. A comprehensive knowledge of elbow anatomy and biomechanical function of the elbow complex is prerequisite(More)
STUDY DESIGN Biological augmentation spinal arthrodesis trial in athymic rats OBJECTIVE.: To assess the efficacy of tissue-engineered bone to promote L4-L5 intertransverse process fusion in an athymic rat model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Each year in the United States, over 400,000 spinal fusion surgeries are performed requiring bone graft. The current(More)
STUDY DESIGN A randomized complete block animal spinal implant infection model with internal control. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to develop a spinal implant animal infection model to simulate postoperative gram-negative wound infection. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Implant-associated surgical site infections (SSIs) remain a dreaded complication(More)