The operative treatment of scapular fractures
Fractures of the scapula occur mainly from direct trauma involving considerable violence and associated injuries of the shoulder and thorax are common. In most cases early functional treatment gives good or excellent results. Operative treatment may, however, be indicated, especially with displaced intra-articular fractures, fractures of the glenoid rim associated with humeral head subluxation, or unstable fractures of the scapular neck. Between 1967 and 1981, we treated 37 such fractures by open reduction and stable osteosynthesis. We were able to follow up 33 cases (89%), of which 21 (64%) had complete functional recovery. The other 12 had varying degrees of pain, loss of mobility, and weakness. Overall, however, 79% of the patients had good to excellent results.
The operative treatment of scapular fractures.
Hardegger FH, Simpson LA, Weber BG.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1984 Nov;66(5):725-31.
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