Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Authors: Martin Jaeger, Frankie Leung, Wilson Li

Proximal humerus

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Glossary

Deltopectoral approach

The (anterior) deltopectoral approach can be used for almost any proximal humeral fracture treatment and is often the preferred approach. This approach is also highly recommend for revision surgery.

Anterolateral approach

Anterolateral approach

The anterolateral (acromial) approach (Mackenzie) can be used for various treatments of proximal humeral fractures.
It is especially useful for nailing and osteosynthesis of fractures of the greater tuberosity (A1 fractures). Its is also recommended for minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO).

Transdeltoid lateral approach

Transdeltoid lateral approach

The transdeltoid lateral approach can be used for various treatments of the proximal humeral fractures.
It is especially useful for nailing (A- and B-type fractures) and osteosynthesis of fractures of the greater tuberosity (A1.1).

Safe zones

Safe zones

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

v2.0 2011-05-02