tonya lawson, a 37 year old female decided to go for a joy ride on her 4-wheeler on 12-10-2006 an d she was actually on the back and her husband was "driving" when they went up a hill and it "... flipped over on top of me and bent me in half..." she was neurologically intact when i first saw her that december with the interesting xrays below......
lateral Thoracic spine.. note fracture and angulation
i took her to surgery and did a posterior thoracic rodding using Stryker pedicle screws from thoracic9 to Lumbar 2 and did a Kyphoplasty of T-12 to restore the T-12 body height ... the folowing x-rays were taken intraoperatively
Lateral intraop film showing Stryker pidecle screws at L1 and L2 and a T12 kyphoplasty
two years later in december 2008, she returns to my office all annoyed that her xrays are not on the web.. so here... they... are... she remains neurologically intact, and still rides her 4-wheeler frequently...so much for doctors orders......
Lateral Ct showing Stryker Pedicle screws and normal alignment 2 years out from fracture.... and still riding 4-wheeler
Mike Alvis, M.D., Neurosurgery, 2412 Palmer Circle, Norman, Oklahoma 73069