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Greg A. Merrell, MD gets a new patent approved

GAM_patentGreg A. Merrell was recently notified by the US Patent Office that he was awarded a patent on an intramedullary compression device.  The patent allows a novel technique for minimally invasive repair of forearm fractures.  Dr. Merrell looks forward to continuing his research on ways to improve patient care by helping them heal their injuries faster and with less invasive surgical techniques.

Greg A. Merrell, MD Recent Published Work

Dr. Greg A. Merrel has been very active recently.  He has 4 newly published articles as well as leading an international panel of hand surgeons to teach the latest techniques in nerve and tendon transfer at the recent 71st annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in Austin Tx.

Here is a list of the 4 recent published articles from Dr. Merrell:

1. Interpretation of Post-operative Distal Humerus Radiographs After Internal Fixation: Prediction of Later Loss of Fixation.
J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Aug 10.

2. A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Pilot Study of Outcomes for Digital Nerve Repair in the Hand Using Hollow Conduit Compared With Processed Allograft Nerve.
Hand (N Y). 2016 Jun

3. Interobserver Agreement of the Eaton-Glickel Classification for Trapeziometacarpal and Scaphotrapezial Arthrosis.
J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Apr

4. The Effect of Progressive Extensor Retinaculum Excision on Wrist Biomechanics and Bowstringing.
J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Dec

Greg A. Merrell publishes article in the AAHS

Greg A. Merrell recently was published in the American Association for Hand Surgery Journal.  The article is titled “A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Pilot Study of Outcomes for Digital Nerve Repair in the Hand Using Hollow Conduit Compared with Processed Allograft Nerve.”

Hoverboards Causing Large Number of Broken Wrists and Other Injuries

One of the best selling gifts of the holidays were hoverboards (also called FloBoards or Handsfree Segway) and they are landing children and parents in the emergency room.  Hoverboards are a hands free device that riders balance on and are propelled by two wheels.  As of December 28 there were 70 reports of emergency room visits due to hover boards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a CNN article. Common injures from hoverboard accidents include fractures, strains, contusions and lacerations.

Hoverboards have been in the news after being banned from airlines and causing a variety of explosions and fires.  Amazon stopped selling some models due to quality concerns.  However, despite the bad press they remained one of the top selling must have gifts for Christmas this year.  The post Christmas novice hoverboard riders are flying off the somewhat mercurial boards, landing on their wrists, and then landing the patient a visit to the emergency room.  One emergency room in Indianapolis had 7 broken wrists from hoverboards the day after Christmas.  Comedian Stan Boardman , Boxer Mike Tyson and Congressman Carlos Curbelo are the better known adults who have fallen victim to hoverboard accidents. A search of the hashtag #hoverboardfail on social media is a trending topic on Twitter and Instagram.

“The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center is seeing a significant number of these injuries locally.  We are an internationally recognized center for upper extremity care and would like to make sure parents and their children aware of the increased number of injuries from this new toy.” says Greg A. Merrell, M.D.

Dr. Merrell suggest the following precautions:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear wrist braces, elbow and knee pads
  • Have a spotter with you as you learn to ride
  • Practice on a carpeted surface to learn the feel of the board

Meet Greg A. Merrell, MD

Greg A. Merrell, MD joined the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 2007 and has special interests in wrist arthritis, fracture care, minimally invasive surgery of the elbow and wrist, as well as conditions of the shoulder. Please watch this short video to learn more about Dr. Merrell and how important his patient are to him.