Steven Mark Topper

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A series of 8 patients each with an excessively long ulnar styloid that was impacting the triquetrum, causing chondromalacia, synovitis, and pain, is presented. Four patients developed symptoms as a result of an injury and 4 had no definable acute precipitating injury. The average age at the time of surgery was 34 years. There were 3 male and 5 female(More)
STUDY DESIGN A prospective evaluation of the clinical and radiographic outcomes of 71 patients who underwent lumbar fusion, with or without transpedicular instrumentation. The patients completed a questionnaire that determined pain relief, medication use, return to work, and overall satisfaction with surgery. OBJECTIVES To explore the effect, if any, of(More)
We compared changes in lunate cortical strain with an applied physiologic load by altering radial inclination to simulate opening and closing wedge osteotomies of the distal radius. Nineteen fresh-frozen cadaver arms were mounted in neutral position and tested under axial compression at a physiologic load by means of a repeated-measures design. Principal(More)
A prospective, randomized study was performed on 19 patients, in whom the proximal, middle, or distal third of the first annular pulley was divided to determine if a specific portion of the first annular pulley was responsible for the clinical triggering associated with restrictive flexor tenosynovitis. In all 19 patients, a partial resection of the first(More)
Decompression of the suprascapular nerve through the posterior approach minimizes muscular damage and postoperative scar. The difficulty with this approach is that the depth of the exposure makes operating around the delicate structures of the suprascapular artery and nerve challenging. Spine surgery instrumentation is very helpful in circumventing this(More)
INTRODUCTION Altitude decompression sickness (DCS) has been treated with hyperbaric therapy since 1941. Treatment has essentially followed the diving DCS paradigm. Expanding space operations and higher flying, more remotely placed military aircraft have stimulated a re-examination of this paradigm. Can the oxygen and pressure-producing resources in these(More)
A 19-year-old man, who was involved in a motorcycle accident, sustained a combined bony and vascular injury to his right lower extremity that required emergency surgery. Postoperatively, the patient developed a life-threatening, necrotizing, soft-tissue infection and sepsis. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was used with surgery and antibiotics to control this(More)
Midcarpal arthrodesis is a reliable procedure to treat individuals with symptomatic scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) who have failed nonoperative care. The principal keys to a successful midcarpal arthrodesis include achieving union, a proper reduction of the capitolunate interval, and avoiding hardware impingement. A variety of devices are used in an(More)