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Proximal Humerus Fractures, ORIF, and Key Steps in Fracture Reduction and Fixation

Levine, William N. MD

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: December 2015 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 95–98
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0000000000000055
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Proximal humeral fractures are generally treated nonoperatively. However, when the orthopedic surgeon is faced with displaced proximal humeral fractures that require surgery technical challenges often frustrate even the most talented of surgeons. This manuscript is designed to provide a methodical, easy-to-reproduce roadmap for surgeons to simplify this complicated procedure. Specific attention is paid to real-life, low-cost pearls and keys to avoiding pitfalls to maximize patient outcome and minimize surgeon frustration.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: William N. Levine, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, 622W, 168th Street—PH1130, New York, NY 10032 (e-mail: wnl1@columbia.edu).

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