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what is the treatment for a fracture of the humorous ?i am 52 years old and female. the fracture is the result of a fall.

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Surgery?: Depending on the type of fracture, position of fragmented pieces, fracture location, your general health, you may need surgery or casting or both. Elbow related fractures frequently require surgery.
Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Most mid shaft humeral fractures can be treated non surgically in a fx brace or sling as the bone can accomodate some angulation even if it heals "crooked". Proximal (upper) fractures also can be treated with a sling based on number of fragments and amount of angulation or displacement and overall age/health of patient. Lower fractures near the elbow typically require surgery.

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Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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