[Arthrodesis of the shoulder. A new and soft-tissue-sparing technique with a deep locking plate in the supraspinatus fossa]

Unfallchirurg. 2007 Oct;110(10):891-5. doi: 10.1007/s00113-007-1337-0.
[Article in German]


Arthrodesis of the glenohumeral joint is a difficult intervention that involves a relatively high probability of complications. A stable internal fixation and secure consolidation is required. The operation needs to achieve several conditions: thorough denudation of the cartilage and partial decortication of the subchondral bone; good congruence of the corresponding surfaces; compression of the gap by tension screws and lasting stability. For increased primary stability a neutralizing plate is generally used as well as a compression screw. Up to now, the plate has usually been applied starting from the scapular spine and extending across the acromial corner to the humeral shaft. A wide exposure is needed for this procedure; the plate is difficult to shape during the operation and often causes some discomfort because it protrudes at the acromial corner. We present an alternative position of the plate in the supraspinatus fossa, where we have sited a 4.5 mm LCP locking plate (Synthes). The implant is inserted under the acromion, does not cause any discomfort at the acromial corner, and is far easier to shape. When it is used in association with a transarticular compressive screw, the technique results in a very stable situation, which allows physiotherapy from the first day after surgery onward.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acromion / surgery
  • Arthrodesis / methods*
  • Bone Plates*
  • Bone Screws
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / surgery
  • Reoperation
  • Shoulder Joint / innervation
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*