The Humelock Hemiarthoplasty Device for Both Primary and Failed Management of Proximal Humerus Fractures: A Case Series
Ikram A, Singh J, Jagarnauth S, Khan W.S*, Hambidge J
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 1
Last Page: 6
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-9-1
Article History:Received Date: 2/11/2014
Revision Received Date: 12/12/2014
Acceptance Date: 22/12/2014
Electronic publication date: 30 /1/2015
Collection year: 2015
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Fractures of the proximal humerus account for 4-5% of all fractures. Managing proximal humerus fractures operatively and non-operatively have their respective complications both short- and long-term. We present our experience using the Humelock hemiarthoplasty device for both primary and failed management of proximal humeral fractures. We present four different examples from ten cases that include a failure of internal fixation, a failure of intramedullary nailing, a complex case in a patient with multiple co-morbidities, and a failure of nonoperative management. The patients in our series had multiple injuries and the device allowed early mobilization and produced good results. We suggest that this device has a role in the failure of primary and secondary management of proximal humeral fractures in a district general hospital setting.