Shoulder 153 articles
Locking-plate technology has renewed interest in plate fixation for treating proximal humerus fractures. Complications associated with these devices, including loss of reduction, screw cutout, and intra-articular penetration, are frequent. Establishing a second column of support may reduce complications and improve clinical outcome scores.
Thromboembolic Events Are Uncommon After Open Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures Using Aspirin and Compression Devices
Thromboembolic phenomena have long been recognized as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients, especially those undergoing reconstructive surgery. We have been empirically treating patients with aspirin, early ambulation, and mechanoprophylaxis after operative management of proximal humerus fractures. However, we have not established the incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in this population.
Locked Plating of Proximal Humeral Fractures: Is Function Affected by Age, Time, and Fracture Patterns?
Locking plate fixation of proximal humeral fractures improves biomechanical stability. It has expanded the indications of traditional open reduction internal fixation and become increasingly common for treating unstable, displaced proximal humeral fractures. Despite improved stability it is unclear whether these improve function and if so for which patients.
Arthroplasty for shoulder fractures is a technically challenging and unpredictable procedure and its use is controversial.
Function Plateaus by One Year in Patients With Surgically Treated Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fractures
Based on short-term (1 year or less) followup, primary fixation of displaced midshaft clavicle fractures reportedly results in better function compared with that reported for nonoperative methods. Whether better function persists beyond 1 year is unclear.
In 1990, Hamada et al. radiographically classified massive rotator cuff tears into five grades. Walch et al. subsequently subdivided Grade 4 to reflect the presence/absence of subacromial arthritis and emphasize glenohumeral arthritis as a characteristic of Grade 4.
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) implants have been developed to treat patients with deficient rotator cuffs. The nature of this procedure’s complications and how these complications should be managed continues to evolve. Fractures of the scapula after RTSA have been described, but the incidence and best methods of treatment are unclear.
Operative treatment of displaced midshaft clavicle fractures reportedly decreases the risk of symptomatic malunion, nonunion, and residual shoulder disability. Plating these fractures, however, may trade these complications for hardware-related problems. Low-profile anatomically precontoured plates may reduce the rates of plate prominence and hardware removal.
Locking plates have become a commonly used fixation device in the operative treatment of three- and four-part proximal humerus fractures. Examining function in patients treated nonoperatively and operatively should help determine whether and when surgery is appropriate in these difficult-to-treat fractures.