Complex Shoulder Fractures Fairbanks AK

Looking for information on Complex Shoulder Fractures in Fairbanks? We have compiled a list of businesses and services around Fairbanks that should help you with your search. We hope this page helps you find information on Complex Shoulder Fractures in Fairbanks.

David Meyer
(907) 353-5418
1060 Gaffney Rd, #7440
Ft. Wainwright, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

Data Provided By:
Mark Alan Wade
(907) 479-2663
1905 Cowles St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

Data Provided By:
Jimmy M Tamai, MD
(907) 479-0055
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided By:
Richard Henry Cobden, MD
(907) 374-6602
506 Gaffney Rd Ste 200
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak
Group Practice: Tanana Valley Clinic

Data Provided By:
John W Joosse, MD
(907) 456-5803
1411 19th Ave
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak

Data Provided By:
Bradford M Matthews
(907) 353-5418
1060 Gaffney Rd # 7440
Ft Wainwright, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

Data Provided By:
Todd Zane Wentz, DDS
(907) 452-7223
420 College Rd Ste 205
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

Data Provided By:
Mark Alan Wade, MD
1905 Cowles St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1991

Data Provided By:
Jimmy M Tamai
(907) 374-6602
1275 Sadler Way
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

Data Provided By:
Jeffrey A Mark, DMD
(907) 457-7878
114 Minnie St Ste B
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

Data Provided By:
Data Provided By:

Best Way to Surgically Treat Complex Shoulder Fractures

When it comes to complex fractures of the humerus (upper arm) in older adults, surgeons really have their work cut out for them. There are so many things to keep in mind. A complex fracture usually means the bone is broken into three or four parts. Putting the pieces back together in a way that promotes recovery and return to full function can be a real challenge.

The age of the person matters because people over age 70 often have low bone mass and slow healing. The way in which the bone has fractured, the anatomy of the underlying structures, and risk of ischemia (loss of blood supply to the bone) are additional variables to consider. The chances of developing osteonecrosis (death of the bone) increase with each one of these factors.

A very well-known surgeon (Dr. Charles Neer) introduced the idea of replacing the shoulder instead of trying to repair it. That was back in 1970. Since then, surgeons have tried full joint replacement and hemiarthroplasty (replacing only one side of the joint). These methods have proven to work but not always smoothly. Ischemia and osteonecrosis are still major concerns. Pain relief and improvement in function and recovery aren't always guaranteed.

So, experts have gone back to the drawing board to rethink surgical treatment for these complex proximal humeral fractures. Proximal means the break occurred at the top of the shoulder where the round head and of the femur are located. They asked themselves if the results could be improved with better surgical technique.

They have tried developing implants specifically designed for the type of fracture involved. They have studied the anatomy of the joint very carefully trying to mimic it in every way with reconstructive surgery. Achieving optimal anatomical structures involves the structure, shape, angle, length, and orientation of bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments, even fat deposits.

To give you one example of why this is all important -- getting the proper height of the implant in the joint requires restoring the exact shape (contour) of the humerus where some of the muscles attach. Using the other shoulder as a template helps the surgeon reproduce "normal" as much as possible on the operative (fractured) side.

That brings us to the latest efforts in this area. This article reports on the use of reverse shoulder arthroplasty for three- and four-part proximal humeral fractures. The broken pieces are removed and replaced with a prosthesis (artificial joint). In the "normal" shoulder replacement, the socket side of the implant is a shallow plastic piece and the humeral component is a metal stem attached to a metal ball. In the reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and the socket are reversed.

Naturally, when a new technique is tried, the results must be recorded and reported. Studies done so far have been limited with small numbers of patients and short-term results. But so far the results have been more predictable with improved ...

Click here to read the rest of this article from eOrthopod.com