Techniques in Orthopaedics

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Techniques in Orthopaedics:
doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000037
Invited Review Articles

Proximal Humeral Fractures: Closed Reduction Percutaneous Pin Fixation

Jones, Clifford B. MD, FACS*,†,‡

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Closed reduction percutaneous pin fixation of proximal humeral fractures is a skill dependent upon minimal soft tissue disruption, closed reduction knowledge, reduction quality, pin placement, bone quality, patient compliance, and physical therapy protocols. This technique is highly technician-dependent and imaging-dependent. Several tricks and tips are required to avoid complications historically related to this technique. Despite more modern implants evolving and gaining popularity, closed reduction percutaneous pin is still a reliable, predictable, and useful technique in select proximal humeral fractures.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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