Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty for Proximal Humerus Fracture

J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Aug 1;35(Suppl 2):S3-S4. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000002158.


There are a variety of treatment options available for proximal humerus fractures, including nonoperative management, open reduction internal fixation with screws, locking plates, intramedullary nailing, or suture fixation, and arthroplasty, including hemiarthroplasty and total shoulder replacements. Fracture characteristics, including the number of fracture parts and involvement of the humeral head and glenoid and the patient's functional status and postoperative goals help dictate the optimal choice. Although the indications for hemiarthroplasty as treatment for severe proximal humerus fractures have narrowed, the authors believe that there is a still a place for this technique in practice.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Shoulder*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal
  • Hemiarthroplasty*
  • Humans
  • Humeral Head
  • Humerus / surgery
  • Shoulder
  • Shoulder Fractures* / diagnostic imaging
  • Shoulder Fractures* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome