Shoulder fracture fixation is a surgical procedure that uses a system of metal instrumentation such as screws, pins, plates and metal frames to internally or externally repair a broken bone in the shoulder. The shoulder consists of three bones; the clavicle (collar bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (arm bone). These bones, together with tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints, form a platform to create movement in the arm.
Fractures of the shoulder are usually caused by a direct blow to the shoulder area. Falls, collisions, motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries are common causes of shoulder fractures.
Types of Shoulder Fracture Fixation Surgery
Shoulder fracture fixation consists of two types of fixations. Both types of fixations are surgical procedures and are decided upon based on the extent and placement of the fracture. The types of shoulder fracture fixations include:
Type of Fractures
There are many different types of fractures. The specific type of shoulder fracture fixation is based upon the severity and type of fracture affecting the bone. Different fracture types include:
Importance of Fixation Surgery
Prior to the development of internal fixation, physicians always relied on casts and splints to support the bone from outside the body. When members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) were asked to list the most important advances in orthopaedic treatment in the 20th century, the development of internal fixation ranked high on their list. Also known as instrumentation, internal fixation surgery results in added benefits for patients:
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Shoulder & Elbow Services in New York performs shoulder fracture fixation as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the foot and ankle.
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