Mid shaft Humerus Fractures

Fractures of the arm (Humerus) can occur at any age and are usual as a result of a fall or accident.  Some fractures can be managed in a specialist brace while other fractures of the humerus require surgery.

Trauma Surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists will assess your injury and organise x-rays and scans if required. If surgery is needed, our specialists will help guide you through the process as a successful outcome will require recovery and rehabilitation often with physiotherapists close to your home location in Melbourne.

A simple crack in the bone, while painful, will normally heal well. Surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists may organise for a specialist brace to be fitted for you (Sarmiento Brace). Follow up x-rays will be required.

A specialist arm brace is fitted
The brace holds the bone in position

If the broken bone has moved too much or if the fracture is unstable then surgery to lock the bone back in place may be the best option. Your surgeon at Bone and Joint will discuss this with you.


Once fixed, you  can begin to gently move the shoulder under the instruction of your surgeon. Placing weight through the arm will depend on the type of fracture you have and how it has been fixed.

There are risks with surgery. These include infection, delayed healing or no healing of the bone. Sometime surgery to remove screws, nail or plate is required once the bone has healed. Damage to nerve or blood vessels may have occurred as a result of the injury or when fixing the fracture. The radial nerve is at risk with this fracture. This nerve controls some movements of the hand. This nerve will be checked after your injury, before surgery and after surgery.