Glenoid Fractures

The shoulder consists of bones, ligaments and tendons. The most common bones to fracture in the shoulder is the Humerus, Glenoid, Scapula and Clavicle.

Fractures are usually caused by injuries which can include falls, sport injuries or trauma due to traffic accidents. With Glenoid fractures you will be in a pain.

This will be made with an x-ray. Glenoid fractures are one of the rare injuries.

Most can be managed non-operatively and you will be placed in a sling for 6 weeks where after an x-ray will be taken to see if acceptable bone formation and healing has taken place. However, significant displacement of fractures of the glenoid neck and cavity is an indication for open reduction and internal fixation to achieve optimal upper extremity function.

While anterior rim and some superior fossa fractures are approached anteriorly, most glenoid neck and cavity fractures require a posterior exposure, which is unfamiliar to many surgeons. A satisfactory reduction, adequate fixation, and a well-designed rehabilitation program help to ensure a good outcome for patients with these complex injuries.

You will be sent home with pain medication to help with pain relief. You will be required to wear a sling for 6 weeks after surgery to minimize movement of the shoulder. After the six weeks you will start with Physiotherapy.

These are fortunately rare, but as with all surgery, may occur. These include infection, pain associated to the Plate and screws and Mal-union or Non-Union of the bones.

These problems, although rare and unwanted, can usually be treated.