Nonunion (unhealed fracture) with deformity treatment
A 46-year-old female fell while walking and landed on her left outstretched upper extremity.
Radiographs taken at a local hospital revealed a left-sided displaced mid-shaft humerus fracture with a fracture line extending to the distal humerus. She was initially treated by the outside hospital with a Sarmiento fracture brace for 6 months.
She was referred to us at 6 months for treatment of an unhealed fracture of the humerus. Radiographs at that time revealed a humeral non-union with significant angular (varus/recurvatum) and rotational deformities with evidence of fracture callus formation at the distal humerus fracture line.
Open Reduction and Interanal Fixation (ORIF) was performed with debridement of the non-union, placement of bone graft, and placement of locking and reconstruction plates and screws in a 90/90 fashion including an interfragmentary lag screw.
She returned for regular follow-up visits and healed uneventfully. At her latest follow-up visit 13 months following surgery she had excellent radiographic and clinical results including a healed humeral nonunion, resolution of pain and full range of motion of the shoulder and elbow joints and she returned to all pre-injury activities.