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Surgery » Hemiarthroplasty



Hemiarthroplasty: A surgical procedure for the repair of an fractured proximal humerus of the shoulder and replacement with a prosthesis.

Purpose of Procedure: Hemiarthroplasty

The medical purpose of the procedure Hemiarthroplasty may involve: To replace a severely injured proximal humerus.

Non-Surgical Options: Hemiarthroplasty

These non-surgical medical options may be possible alternative treatments to performing Hemiarthroplasty:

  • Bracing and casting

Other Surgical Options: Hemiarthroplasty

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Hemiarthroplasty may include these surgeries:

  • Plate fixation

Doctors or Specialists for Hemiarthroplasty

The following medical specialists or professionals may be involved in the procedure:

  • Orthopaedic surgeon

Anesthetic Requirements for Hemiarthroplasty

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Hemiarthroplasty may include:

  • General anaesthetic

Procedure Complications: Hemiarthroplasty

Possible surgical complications of Hemiarthroplasty may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Hemiarthroplasty

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: There is a reasonable outcome for this operation. However there is a very low probability that the patient will return to pre injury function.

Hemiarthroplasty: Pre-Surgical Preparation

Pre-surgical preparations for Hemiarthroplasty may include: Perform a complete history, document the preoperative neurovascular status of the limb, especially the axillary nerve. Obtain xrays. Templates of the prosthesis to be implanted, possible CT scan.

Hemiarthroplasty: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Hemiarthroplasty: Passive motion is usually begun on the first postoperative day under supervision. The range of motion is limited by the stability of the intra-operative tuberosity fixation. After 4 weeks the patient generally begins active assisted range of motion exercises to improve the shoulders range of motion. After radiographic evidence of union then active range of motion can be added. Usually be 10-12 weeks the patient is able to begin resistance type exercises and a more aggressive stretching program.

Hemiarthroplasty: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Hemiarthroplasty) include:

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