Clavicle Fracture Repair
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What Is A Clavicle Fracture Repair?
Clavicle fracture repair is a surgical procedure performed to treat a broken clavicle, which is commonly referred to as the collarbone. The clavicle is a long bone located between the sternum (breastbone) and the shoulder blade. Fractures of the clavicle can occur due to falls, sports injuries, or trauma.
The decision to undergo clavicle fracture repair surgery depends on several factors, including the location and severity of the fracture, the patient’s age, activity level, and the presence of associated injuries. In certain cases, nonsurgical treatment, such as immobilization with a sling, may be sufficient to allow the fracture to heal on its own. However, surgery is often recommended for displaced or significantly displaced fractures, open fractures, fractures with multiple fragments, or fractures associated with neurovascular compromise.
During the clavicle fracture repair procedure, the surgeon typically makes an incision over the fractured clavicle to access the bone. The fragments of the fractured bone are repositioned into their proper alignment. Various techniques can be used to stabilize the fracture:
- Plates and Screws: The surgeon may use metal plates and screws to hold the fractured segments in place and promote healing. The plates are placed along the clavicle, and screws are inserted into the bone to secure the fragments.
- Intramedullary Fixation: In this technique, a metal rod or pin is inserted into the hollow center of the clavicle to stabilize the fracture.
- External Fixation: In rare cases, external fixation may be used, where pins or screws are inserted into the clavicle and attached to an external frame to hold the bone in position.
After the fracture is stabilized, the incision is closed, and the surgical site is covered with a sterile dressing.
Following surgery, rehabilitation is an essential part of the recovery process. Physical therapy is typically recommended to regain shoulder mobility, strength, and function. The rehabilitation program usually involves exercises and stretches tailored to the individual’s specific condition and goals.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with clavicle fracture repair surgery, including infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, hardware complications, and nonunion (failure of the bone to heal). It is important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate the fracture and determine the most appropriate treatment approach, which may or may not involve surgery. The surgeon will consider various factors to provide an individualized treatment plan based on the specific characteristics of the fracture and the patient’s needs.