Percutaneously inserted screws to fix the head fragment enlarge

Fixation of the head fragment

Two or more percutaneously inserted screws linking the shaft fragment to the head fragment are inserted first.
Cannulated 3.5 mm lag screws (as illustrated), or non-cannulated small fragment lag screws are used according to the surgeon’s preference.
This illustration shows two screws inserted over guide wires.
Note: Washers may be advisable in poor bone stock. Generally, they are not preferable as they make the screw heads more prominent and may result in shoulder impingement.


Screw insertion into humeral head enlarge

Fixation of the greater tuberosity

Remove K-wires and guides wires from the shaft.
Fixation of the head fragment is followed by insertion of a screw into the greater tuberosity.
Again, in this case, the screw is inserted over a guide wire.


Completed osteosynthesis enlarge

Completed osteosynthesis

The illustration shows the completed osteosynthesis.