[Humeral diaphyseal fractures: functional bracing]

A Sarmiento, L L Latta
Der Unfallchirurg 2007, 110 (10): 824-32
Functional bracing of humeral diaphyseal fractures was conceived after initial experiences with a similar method was used in the management of diaphyseal tibial fractures. Over the years, tibial functional bracing underwent major evolutionary changes, and found its indications basically limited to a smaller group of fractures, consisting of closed, axially unstable fractures that experience at the time of the injury an acceptable degree of shortening, and to transverse fracture that are appropriately reduced and rendered stable. On the other hand, functional bracing of diaphyseal humeral fractures has, maintained the initial indications, contraindications and methodology. This article describes the concept, indications and contraindications of functional bracing of humeral diaphyseal fractures and provides results of 620 fractures with complete follow-up. In 97.5% of the patients, the average healing time was 11.5 weeks. 16 patients (2.5%) required operative intervention because of a nonunion and 4 patients (<1 degrees) of the patient had a refracture after brace removal. Nerve function did not return in only one of the 67 patient who had radial nerve palsy.

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