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James Raymond Fowler, MD
(801) 266-9935
1501 Court St
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1964

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Randall W Ellis, DDS
(719) 545-5778
1022 Liberty Ln
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard Benton Schultz, MD
(719) 544-4883
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1991

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Charles Foster Rowland, MD
(303) 232-1111
41 Montebello Rd Ste 216
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1971

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Bruce K Taylor, MD
(719) 564-0390
1925 E Orman Ave
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.Russell Degroote
(719) 565-0311
212 West 13th Street
Pueblo, CO
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Nile Geoffrey Scott, DDS
(719) 545-2722
1641 Horseshoe Dr
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Verity Watson, MD
(719) 296-9000
41 Montebello Rd Ste 216
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1974

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Charles Alvin Hanson
(719) 553-2200
3676 Parker Blvd
Pueblo, CO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Drew D Ritter
(719) 253-7102
3676 Parker Blvd
Pueblo, CO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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New Treatments for PCL Tears Available

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When people think of knee injuries, many people think of torn ACLs, anterior cruciate ligaknee surgeryments; and for good reason: nearly 200,000 ACL surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Most people however are not aware that knee pain and damage can also be from an injured or torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). PCL surgeries are estimated to be approximately 20 times less common, than ACL surgeries and often go undiagnosed.

While major advances have been made in the understanding of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) anatomy and reconstruction, a literature review published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) finds that there must be continued advances in basic science research in order to determine the best course of treatment for those with PCL injuries.

"An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear is an injury of instability; a PCL tear is an injury of disability," said study author Matthew Matava, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, in Chesterfield, Missouri. "With a PCL injury, your knee won't buckle on you tomorrow, but in a few months or years it may become painful and not as strong or stable as it was prior to the injury. PCL tears are less frequently discussed because they are often left undiagnosed and the patient does not seek treatment for what they assumed was a mild injury."

PCL injuries are assessed by grades:

  • Grade 1: Partial tear (non-surgical treatment options recommended)
  • Grade 2: Isolated, near complete tear (non-surgical treatment options recommended)
  • Grade 3: Complete PCL torn, with other ligament injuries (surgery often recommended, but not always)

Two newer PCL reconstruction surgical options, along with one traditional method, are currently used to treat Grade 3 injuries:

  • Traditional: One-bundle bone graft passed through a tunnel in the tibia (shin bone). One-bundle grafts are made thicker than two-bundle grafts, but may not be as effective because they attach at a single point.
  • Newer: Two-bundle graft (studied for the past 10 years). Two-bundle grafts use thinner individual grafts, but their total graft volume is thicker. They may be more effective than one-bundle grafts because they attach at two different points.
  • Newer: Inlay reconstruction is an approach whereby a graft is screwed into the back of the tibia avoiding a tunnel through the front of the tibia.

According to Dr. Matava, basic science data suggests that it is favorable to use a two-bundle graft over a one-bundle graft, and that an inlay reconstruction is preferable to a graft passing through a tibial tunnel. Inlay reconstruction is different, he says, because the graft does not get stretched around the tibial tunnel and is prevented from stretching out and/or fraying.

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