Humeral Shaft Fracture: Intramedullary Nailing

J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Aug;31 Suppl 3:S38. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000898.


Introduction: This video demonstrates the technique of intramedullary nailing for a humeral shaft fracture.

Methods: The patient is a 30-year-old man who sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm. The patient was indicated for humeral nailing given the comminuted nature of the diaphysis and to allow for minimal skin incisions. Other relative indications include soft-tissue compromise about the arm precluding a large surgical exposure.

Results: This video presents a case of a comminuted humeral shaft fracture treated with an intramedullary nail. Anatomic reduction and stable fixation was obtained with this technique.

Conclusion: This case demonstrates a soft-tissue sparing technique of humeral shaft fixation using a humeral intramedullary nail. The technique is easy to perform and has significant benefits in minimizing surgical exposure, decreasing operative time, and decreasing blood loss. In the correct clinical setting, humeral nailing provides an expeditious form of fixation that restores length, alignment, and rotation of the fracture humeral diaphysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / methods*
  • Fracture Healing / physiology
  • Fractures, Comminuted / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Comminuted / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Humeral Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Humeral Fractures / etiology
  • Humeral Fractures / surgery*
  • Male
  • Pain Measurement
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wounds, Gunshot / complications*