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Proximal Humerus Fracture Surgery

If you need a Proximal Humerus Fracture Surgery, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Proximal Humerus Fracture Surgery?

Proximal humerus fracture surgery is a surgical procedure performed to treat fractures of the proximal (upper) part of the humerus bone, which is located in the shoulder region. The proximal humerus includes the ball-shaped head of the humerus that fits into the shoulder socket.

Proximal humerus fractures can occur due to trauma, falls, or high-impact injuries. The severity and characteristics of the fracture will determine the appropriate surgical approach. In some cases, non-surgical treatment, such as immobilization with a sling or brace, may be sufficient for certain types of fractures.

However, if the fracture is displaced (the bone fragments are out of alignment), involves multiple fragments, or is associated with other injuries, surgery may be necessary. The goals of surgery for proximal humerus fractures are to realign and stabilize the fractured bones, promote proper healing, restore shoulder function, and reduce pain.

There are various surgical techniques that can be used for proximal humerus fracture repair. The choice of technique depends on factors such as the fracture pattern, the age and overall health of the patient, and the surgeon’s preference. Some common surgical methods include:

  1. Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF): This procedure involves making an incision to expose the fractured bones, realigning the fragments into their proper position, and using screws, plates, or wires to secure the bone fragments together.
  2. Intramedullary Nailing: In this technique, a metal rod or nail is inserted into the hollow center of the humerus bone to stabilize the fracture and promote healing.
  3. Shoulder Arthroplasty: In cases where the fracture is severe and irreparable, or when the blood supply to the bone is compromised, shoulder joint replacement surgery may be performed. This involves replacing the damaged joint surfaces with artificial components.

Following proximal humerus fracture surgery, a rehabilitation program is typically initiated to aid in recovery. Physical therapy exercises and range of motion exercises are commonly prescribed to restore strength, mobility, and function to the shoulder joint.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with proximal humerus fracture surgery, including infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel injury, stiffness, and failure of the fracture to heal properly. It is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate your specific fracture and determine the most appropriate treatment approach, which may or may not involve surgery. The surgeon will consider various factors to provide an individualized treatment plan based on the characteristics of the fracture and the patient’s needs.


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