What is the recovery time after proximal humerus fracture fixation?
An isolated humerus fracture may be repaired as an out-patient procedure at the ambulatory surgery center allowing patients to go home the same day. Depending on the complexity of the damage to the shoulder, patients can sometimes spend several days in the hospital. Pain medicine is prescribed as well as antibiotics and other medicines to help with recovery. Patients will receive physical therapy 3-4 weeks after surgery to help restore the shoulder to full range of motion and work load. A humerus fracture commonly takes 8-12 weeks to fully heal. In some cases, it may take many months to recover maximum motion and function.
For further information on a proximal humerus fracture fixation or ORIF procedure, please contact the office of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.