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Frontiers in Medical Science Research, 2023, 5(5); doi: 10.25236/FMSR.2023.050505.

Research Progress in Surgical Treatment of Proximal Humeral Fractures in Elderly Osteoporotic Humerus


Yunlu Wang1, Xiyong Li1, Lun Liu1, Songfeng Li1, Pengfei Han2

Corresponding Author:
Pengfei Han

1Graduate School, Changzhi Medical College, Changzhi, China

2Department of Orthopaedics, Heping Hospital Affiliated to Changzhi Medical College, Changzhi, China


Proximal humeral fracture is a common injury in middle-aged and elderly people, especially elderly patients with osteoporosis due to bone loss, which can lead to fractures due to low-energy injury. As the population ages, the prevalence of proximal humeral fractures is likely to continue to increase. In the absence of open or neurovascular injury, the indications for surgery for proximal humeral fractures are controversial. Typically, the same fracture type can be treated non-surgically, with open reduction internal fixation, or joint replacement, depending on several variables including patient age, comorbidities, activity level, and treatment expectations. The purpose of this paper is to review surgical considerations in the surgical treatment of proximal humeral fractures in older adults with osteoporosis.


Proximal humeral fracture, Treatment, Humeral head replacement, Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

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Yunlu Wang, Xiyong Li, Lun Liu, Songfeng Li, Pengfei Han. Research Progress in Surgical Treatment of Proximal Humeral Fractures in Elderly Osteoporotic Humerus. Frontiers in Medical Science Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 5: 30-35. https://doi.org/10.25236/FMSR.2023.050505.


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