Distal Humeral Fractures: Hemiarthroplasty

Matthew Richard Ricks, Andrew Keightley, Adam Charles Watts*

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the aging demographic in developed nations, the number of distal humerus fractures and the requirement for elbow arthroplasty procedures for trauma are increasing. However, the numbers still remain low. Total elbow arthroplasty can produce satisfactory outcomes for after trauma, and the outcomes maybe superior to osteosynthesis in the older population. However, the potential complications of arthroplasty include aseptic loosening, osteolysis, and polyethylene wear. Distal humeral arthroplasty for treatment for unreconstructable acute distal humeral fractures is an alternative solution. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the surgical technique for hemiarthroplasty in comminuted intra-articular distal humerus fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWrist and Elbow Arthroscopy with Selected Open Procedures
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Surgical Guide to Techniques, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030788810
ISBN (Print)9783030788803
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameWrist and Elbow Arthroscopy with Selected Open Procedures: A Practical Surgical Guide to Techniques, Third Edition


  • Distal
  • Elbow arthroplasty
  • Elbow replacement
  • Hemiarthroplasty
  • Humeral fracture
  • Supracondylar elbow fractures
  • Trauma


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