Fixation of the Proximal Humerus

Our orthopedic shoulder surgeons are fellowship-trained and specialize specifically in shoulder surgery. We have unique expertise in fixation of the proximal humerus, and we often train surgeons from around the country on how to perform surgeries like this one. Our orthopedists spend time with you and your family to address your questions and explain your treatment options clearly, and we will develop a personalized plan for your rehabilitation following surgery.

What is fixation of the proximal humerus?

While many shoulder fractures are able to be treated without surgery, an unstable fracture may require surgical intervention. Fixation of the proximal humerus, or shoulder fracture surgery, is a surgical procedure that uses a metal plate to repair a break in the proximal humerus, found in the shoulder.

Why is fixation of the proximal humerus performed?

Proximal humerus fracture surgery is usually performed after one of the following events causes a broken shoulder:

  • Fall on the shoulder or arm
  • Sudden blow to the shoulder
  • Sports injury
  • Motor vehicle accident

What does fixation of the proximal humerus involve?

During the procedure, your surgeon will first repair any misalignments of the bone. Your surgeon will then use screws to attach a metal plate to your bone to stabilize the area during your recovery.

What does fixation of the proximal humerus recovery involve?

Recovery from a fixation of the proximal humerus procedure will take some time. You will spend about four to six weeks protecting your arm in a sling. As your recovery progresses, you will also work on physical therapy exercises to build strength and range of motion in your arm. Your surgeon will discuss the specific details of your recovery plan with you prior to your procedure, and our physicians are always willing to discuss details about your personal recovery plan with you and your family.

What are the benefits of undergoing fixation of the proximal humerus?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having shoulder fracture surgery:

  • Shoulder pain relief
  • Restored range of motion in the shoulder
  • Improved shoulder strength and balance
  • Improved shoulder stability
  • Ability to return to normal activities


If you believe you may need shoulder fracture surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of shoulder conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive shoulder care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Trauma/Broken Bones & Fractures

Robert David Golden, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
David M. Hampton, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Sports Medicine

Emmanuel Asare O Atiemo, MD

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
John A. Kuri, II, MD
John A. Kuri, II, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Steven James Svoboda, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
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