Shoulder Fracture Fixation

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey provides comprehensive treatment plans by the most highly skilled Orthopedic Shoulder specialists.

What is a Shoulder Fracture Fixation?

Shoulder fracture fixation is a surgical procedure that realigns a fractured or broken shoulder bone so it can heal properly. Shoulder fracture fixation is an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure that is performed as follows:

  • Incision. A shoulder incision is made and the severity and location of the fracture usually determine incision length and location.
  • Reduction and fixation. Surgical instruments are used to align the fractured bone. A plate and screws hold the bone in place while it heals.

The incision is carefully closed, sterile dressings are placed over it, and the patient is placed in a comfortable sling. Many procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, although some may require an overnight hospital stay.

What Does Shoulder Fracture Fixation Treat?

The head of the humerus (arm bone) and clavicle (collarbone) are the most commonly fractured shoulder bones. The scapula (shoulder blade) rarely fractures because large muscles protect it. An accident or injury may cause a fracture. The most common of which include:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sport injuries

Shoulder fracture symptoms may include:

  • Bruising
  • Decreased range of motion/Inability to move the arm
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

A physical examination and x-rays are used to diagnosis shoulder fractures and determine their severity. Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) Board Certified and Fellowship trained Shoulder Specialists Dr. Michael Sclafani, Dr. Anthony Petrosini, Dr. Toby Husserl, Dr. Gregory Roehrig and Dr. Nicholas Jarmon are shoulder fracture experts.

Please make an appointment if you have injured your shoulder or are experiencing the

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Recent Success Stories

Dr. Jarmon was extremely welcoming. He explained in great detail the issue with my shoulder, and even drew a picture for me to describe what was happening in layman’s terms. I have recommended him more than once already.

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Dr. Jarmon

John Tozzi is a wonderful doctor- throughout the process pre and post surgery. His team really helps this practice excel. Everyone very supportive and understanding. The team at the outpatient surgical center was also wonderful. Thank you.

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Dr. Tozzi

Dr. Sclafani’s high-level clinical expertise and superior bedside manner make him one of the best orthopedic surgeons around!

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