PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to examine trends, outcomes, and principles in treatment of proximal humerus fractures in the elderly with a critical focus on reverse shoulder arthroplasty as a developing treatment option.
RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature shows an increase in reverse shoulder arthroplasty and a decrease in hemiarthroplasty performed for proximal humerus fractures. More predictable outcomes and lower revision rates are seen in older individuals treated primarily or secondarily with reverse shoulder arthroplasty compared to those treated with hemiarthroplasty. We report current and historical treatments, outcomes, and principles in reverse shoulder arthroplasty for treatment of complex, displaced proximal humerus fractures in older individuals (≥ 65 years old).
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- Fracture sequelae
- Fragility fracture
- Proximal humerus fracture
- Reverse shoulder arthroplasty