Elderly with a dislocated proximal humerus fracture

Conservative management versus surgical treatment

  • Surgery not superior to conservative treatment
  • After a year of using the arm return to pre-fracture level
  • Current policy in need for revision

Surgery offers no added value for people older than 60 years with a dislocated proximal humerus fracture: they recover just as good after conservative treatment as when the fracture is surgically fixed with a Philosplate. This is the conclusion of North-European researchers who compared the recovery of 44 elderly who underwent surgery and 44 elderly who underwent conservative treatment.


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