A very active man in his 50s sustained a traumatic posterior fracture dislocation.
This was treated with open reduction internal fixation. An anatomic reconstruction was achieved. The patient achieved excellent function.
Two years after surgery, the humeral head had completely collapsed.
The axillary "truth" view shows screws penetrating the collapsed head and eroding the glenoid. His shoulder had essentially no motion at the glenohumeral joint.
Because of his active lifestyle, he elected to have a ream and run procedure. At surgery his humeral head looked like this.
The procedure was performed without a brachial plexus block. His biceps tendon was preserved.
His immediate postoperative films are shown below.
The axillary "truth" view shows his humeral head centered on the reamed glenoid.
On the morning after surgery he had regained excellent assisted motion as shown below.
It is most encouraging to see the early restoration of movement. This motivated patient should be able to maintain his motion with at home exercises.
After discharge on the second postoperative day he took his exercises outdoors
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