Open reduction internal fixation of proximal humerus fractures

Marschall B. Berkes, Milton T.M. Little, Dean G. Lorich

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The treatment of proximal humerus fractures continues to evolve. While the many of these injuries can be managed nonoperatively, a certain percentage require operative treatment. Open reduction internal fixation can offer excellent outcomes when performed in the appropriate patient and utilizing proper techniques. This article reviews the most up-to-date literature regarding all phases of proximal humerus fracture osteosynthesis, including diagnosis, imaging, anatomic considerations, surgical indications, fixation, and surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Avascular necrosis
  • Endosteal augment
  • Fibula allograft
  • Locking plate
  • Neer classification
  • Open reduction internal fixation
  • Proximal humerus blood supply
  • Proximal humerus complications
  • Proximal humerus fracture
  • Screw perforation
  • Surgical indications


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