A novel hybrid fixation technique for osteosynthesis of isolated greater tuberosity fractures of the proximal humerus

Aaron J. Bois, Michael M. Hussey, Anil K. Dutta

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Isolated fractures of the greater tuberosity (GT) are common. Both cadaveric and clinical studies have indicated that only 5 mm of displacement can lead to poor functional outcomes secondary to rotator cuff imbalance and subacromial impingement. Multiple techniques have been described for operative fixation of isolated GT fractures; however, inherent problems exist with each technique. The purpose of this study is to describe a novel open surgical technique for isolated GT fractures that combines cancellous screw and suture anchor fixation. The benefits include a complimentary biomechanical construct that provides rigid fixation in both comminuted and noncomminuted fracture patterns to allow early rehabilitation while minimizing hardware failure and subsequent malunion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalTechniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013



  • Hybrid technique
  • Isolated greater tuberosity fractures
  • Proximal humerus
  • Surgical fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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