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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:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sport injuries
Shoulder fracture symptoms may include:
- Decreased range of motion/Inability to move the arm
A physical examination and x-rays are used to diagnosis shoulder fractures and determine their severity.
Please make an appointment if you have injured your shoulder.
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