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Humeral shaft

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There is no approach associated with the therapy you selected. However, the list below shows all available approaches.

Safe zones

Inserting percutaneous instrumentation through safe zones reduces the risk of damage to neurovascular structures.

Antegrade nailing approach

The humeral head is exposed via an anterolateral incision and the entry point is determined. Antegrade nailing involves entry through the rotator cuff. Care should be taken to minimize injury, and to repair the tendon.

Retrograde nailing approach

The retrograde nailing approach requires opening the medullary canal just proximal to the olecranon fossa. The soft tissues are opened longitudinally in the line of the humeral shaft.

MIO approach (anterior)

The minimally invasive osteosynthesis approach allows for subcutaneous plate insertion through a tunnel. Typically, the plate will be introduced through the distal portal.

MIO transdeltoid approach

The MIO transdeltoid lateral approach can be used for the more proximal humeral shaft fractures. It is especially useful if there is an extension of the fracture into the greater tuberosity.

Anterolateral approach

Plating of proximal humeral shaft fractures may be performed through the anterolateral approach. This approach can be extended distally for midshaft fractures.

Extended deltopectoral approach

The (anterior) extended deltopectoral approach can be used to access almost any humeral shaft fracture involving the proximal 4/5.

Lateral approach

The lateral approach allows safe exposure of the distal two thirds of the humerus. It can be extended proximally also to expose the proximal humerus.

Posterior triceps-split approach

This approach is most commonly used for fractures involving the distal half of the humerus. However, it can be extended for more proximal fractures once the radial nerve has been identified.

Posterior triceps-on approach

For midshaft and distal shaft fractures, the posterior approach may be extended distally, leaving the triceps insertion intact. This provides adequate exposure for reduction and fixation.

v2.0 2018-12-28