Biology and Biomechanics in Osteosynthesis of Proximal Humerus Fractures

Hepp, Pierre; Josten, Christoph
August 2007
European Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery;Aug2007, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p337
Academic Journal
Surgical treatment of proximal humeral fractures still remains a challenge. This is primarily due to the fact that sufficient implant fixation in humeral head fractures is often not achieved due to substantial bone tissue loss with increasing age. In the last few years the locking plates and locking nails have been introduced into clinical practice with varying results. The biomechanical studies have focused on locking plate osteosynthesis as well. The following paper focuses on bone quality, biomechanical studies and biology of proper osteosynthesis and reviews the most recent literature.


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