Humeral Head Replacement and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fracturesm
Aaron Andrew Frombach, Kendra Brett, Peter Lapner*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2017
Issue: Suppl-6, M3
First Page: 1108
Last Page: 1114
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-11-1108
Article History:Received Date: 06/02/2017
Revision Received Date: 12/05/2017
Acceptance Date: 14/05/2017
Electronic publication date: 30/09/2017
Collection year: 2017
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Acute proximal humeral fractures in the elderly are generally treated non-operatively if alignment is acceptable and in stable fracture patterns. When operative treatment is indicated, surgical fixation is often difficult or impossible to obtain. Hemiarthroplasty has long been the standard of care. However, with its reliance on tuberosity healing, functional outcomes and patient satisfaction are often poor. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty has emerged as a new technology for treating proximal humeral fractures but the indications for its use remain uncertain. While not conclusive, the evidence suggests that reverse shoulder arthroplasty yields more consistent results, with improved forward elevation and higher functional outcome scores. The primary advantages of hemiarthroplasty are improved shoulder rotation and shorter operative time. Complication rates do not vary significantly between the two options. Although higher quality trials are needed to further define the role of reverse shoulder arthroplasty, current evidence suggests that this is a reasonable option for surgeons who are highly familiar with its use.