|What are the results?
Top part of the shaft: about 75 out of 100 will heal in a brace.
Middle part: 96 out of 100 will heal in a brace.
Bottom part: almost all fractures will likely heal in a brace.
96 out of 100 fractures heal.
|What are the advantages?
No risks associated with surgery and anesthesia.
No pain associated with surgery.
No inconvenience associated with surgery.
You can use your arm a few weeks earlier.
The fracture is less likely to heal in a bent position.
No need to wear a brace.
|What are the disadvantages?
It’s quite limiting to be in a brace.
Your fracture might heal with a bend, which you may or may not notice.
6 out of 100 fractures treated with a brace have trouble healing, particularly fractures of the top third and fractures with separation of the fragments.
It may take a bit longer to get your shoulder fully moving.
The risks, discomforts, and inconveniences of surgery.
Of 100 people that choose surgery:
- 4 have trouble healing;
- 4 have an infection;
- 5 have nerve damage. Most nerve damage is temporary.
10 out of 100 people will have additional surgery.