Twenty-six hemiarthroplasties were performed for acute three- and four-part proximal humerus fractures between March 1986 and December 1991. Postoperative pain, active range of motion, and function were evaluated in 22 patients at a mean follow-up period of 30 months (range 12 to 66 months) with the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons evaluation from. Seventy-three percent of patients reported only slight or no pain. Active forward elevation averaged 107°, external rotation averaged 31°, and the average internal rotation was to the second lumbar vertebra. Strength and stability were rarely problematic. Seventy-three percent of patients reported difficulty with at least three of 15 functional tasks tested. Lifting, carrying a weight, and using the hand at or above shoulder level were the most common limitations. This study indicates that hemiarthroplasty for acute three- and four-part fractures generally can be expected to result in painfree shoulders. However, recovery of function and range of motion are much less predictable.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine