Fixation of greater tuberosity fractures: a biomechanical comparison of three techniques.

Charbel Ishak9
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Alexis S. Chiang2
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+ 3 AuthorsLaith M. Jazrawi37
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: The fixation of displaced greater tuberosity fractures with 5-0 Fiberwire, Fiberwire tape, and 5-0 Ethibond sutures was compared in 12 pairs of cadaveric humeri. A simulated fracture was created and fixed with suture in a figure-of-eight pattern. The tuberosity was cyclically loaded and its displacement measured. There was no statistical difference in fixation stability between the three suture types.
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