Proximal Humerus Fractures

Usually treated closed

Expect lots of remodeling

As the child approaches skeletal maturity, you’ve gotta be abit more careful
– over age 11: angulation less then 20 degrees, displacement less than 50% is acceptable

– if you need to reduce, do it in the OR, and fix with K-wires

Open reduction should be reserved for vascular injury, open injury, or fracture dislocations (do not try reducing a glenohumeral dislocation with a proximal humerus fracture – you may nail the artery or nerve)

If Vascular Injury – the goal is proximal and distal control.
– deltopectoral approach, curved over clavicle proximally
– must take off pec major with something to repair back to later – this gives you much better exposure
– the artery is behind pec minor proximally – drill, measure, then tap the coracoid and osteotomize it.
– even more proximally, need to osteotomize the clavicle

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