Roger G Wilber

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Thirty patients with failed back surgery syndrome were studied to evaluate the effectiveness of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with gadolinium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid/dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) in differentiating postoperative epidural fibrosis (scar) from recurrent disk herniation. Pre- and postcontrast MR images were interpreted without access to(More)
We retrospectively analyzed the postoperative neurological complications in 137 patients who underwent a posterior spine fusion for scoliosis and had concomitant somatosensory cortical evoked-potential spinal-cord monitoring. The patients were divided into three specific operative groups: group 1, forty-nine patients who had a Harrington rod with segmental(More)
We evaluated the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the detection of ligament injury in 37 patients after acute traumatic spinal injury. Thirty-five patients had fractures, one had neurologic deficit with normal x-rays, and one had evidence of cervical instability on flexion/extension plain films. MRI examinations were performed acutely (average(More)
A positive bone scan in an experimental model of bilateral ulna diaphyseal bone grafts demonstrated early bone repair in both vascularized and nonvascularized orthotopic ulna autografts. A positive bone scan did not correlate with the perfusion of the vascularized and nonvascularized grafts as measured by microangiograms done 1 week postoperatively. In this(More)
STUDY DESIGN The acute kinematic consequence of segmental arthrodesis in the cervical spine on the remaining open motion segments was studied in a cadaveric model. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the distribution of motion across unfused cervical motion segments after a segmental arthrodesis. The applied load was determined as a function of arthrodesis length and(More)
Fixation of subtrochanteric femur fractures may present complications, including malunion, delayed union, or nonunion, and is thought to be related to early fracture stability. To examine the initial stability of subtrochanteric fracture fixation, we investigated construct stiffness, interfragmentary gaps, and overall and point-wise interfragmentary motion(More)
Controversy exists about which method is most appropriate for treating moderate- to high-grade spondylolisthesis and symptomatic pseudarthrosis. The authors report preliminary results of pedicular transvertebral screw fixation, a new technique for stabilizing the lumbosacral junction in moderate- to high-grade spondylolisthesis. Using this technique, fusion(More)
Eighty-six patients with idiopathic scoliosis who underwent a posterior spinal fusion using sublaminar segmental spinal instrumentation were analyzed retrospectively. There were two operative groups: group 1, 66 patients who had Harrington rod instrumentation and segmental wiring, and group 2, 20 patients who had Luque rod instrumentation. The clinical and(More)
Transfer of the posterior deltoid muscle to the triceps insertion for elbow extension provides improved function in patients with C5 and C6 level tetraplegia. We have modified the surgical technique using the tibialis anterior tendon as a graft. The length-tension characteristics and available amplitude of the posterior deltoid muscle were determined with(More)
Instability and stenosis of the cervical spine have been treated by posterior decompression and anterior decompression with fusion. In this study the authors evaluate the results obtained in 31 patients who underwent anterior cervical corpectomy for compressive or unstable lesions of the cervical spine. Operative level, preoperative and postoperative(More)