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Distal Humerus Fracture Surgery

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Evolution of Distal Humerus Fracture Surgery

The procedure most commonly performed for humerus fractures is open reduction internal fixation. This type of fixation includes utilizing plates and screws to approximate the broken bones together so the body can heal the injury faster and with the correct alignment. The location of the injury dictates the surgical approach utilized.

Once the surgeon is able to visualize the two ends of the broken bone, they use removable clamps or wires to hold the bone together in appropriate alignment. The fracture is then fixed utilizing basic principles of fracture fixation known to all orthopaedic surgeons. The plate and screws used to hold the bone together will remain within the body for life and are seldom removed.

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