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Clavicle Fracture Repair

If you need a Clavicle Fracture Repair, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Clavicle Fracture Repair?

Surgeons perform clavicle fracture repair to treat a broken clavicle, commonly known as the collarbone. The clavicle, a long bone, lies between the sternum (breastbone) and the shoulder blade. Fractures in the clavicle may result from falls, sports injuries, or trauma.

Several factors influence the decision to undergo clavicle fracture repair surgery, such as the location and severity of the fracture, the patient’s age, activity level, and the presence of associated injuries. Nonsurgical approaches, like immobilization with a sling, may suffice for healing certain cases of clavicle fractures. However, surgeons typically recommend surgery 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 surgeon repositions the fragments of the fractured bone into their proper alignment.

Clavicle Fracture Repair Techniques

  1. 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.
  2. Intramedullary Fixation: In this technique, a metal rod or pin is inserted into the hollow center of the clavicle to stabilize the fracture.
  3. 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.

Following stabilization of the fracture, the surgeon closes the incision and applies a sterile dressing to cover the surgical site.

Clavicle Fracture Repair Rehabilitation

After surgery, rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the recovery process. Physical therapists typically recommend exercises to restore shoulder mobility, strength, and function. The rehabilitation regimen generally includes customized exercises and stretches designed to address the individual’s unique condition and objectives.

Like all surgical procedures, clavicle fracture repair surgery carries potential risks and complications. Some complications including infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, hardware issues, and nonunion (failure of the bone to heal). Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon serves crucial to assess the fracture and decide on the most suitable treatment, whether surgical or nonsurgical. The surgeon will assess various factors to tailor a personalized treatment plan according to the fracture’s specific characteristics and the patient’s requirements.


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