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Clavicle Fracture Fixation

What is Clavicle Fracture Fixation?

Clavicle fracture fixation is a surgical procedure that involves stabilizing a broken collarbone, or clavicle, using metal hardware such as screws, plates, or wires. The clavicle is a long bone that runs between the shoulder blade and the sternum, and it is a commonly fractured bone, particularly among athletes and people who have suffered a fall or accident.

The procedure involves making one or more small incisions over the fracture site and then repositioning the broken bone fragments into their normal alignment. The shoulder surgeon then uses metal hardware to hold the bone fragments in place while they heal. The type of hardware used will depend on the location and severity of the fracture, as well as the shoulder surgeon’s preference.

Clavicle fracture fixation is typically done under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia, and the patient may stay in the hospital for a short time afterward to recover. Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the fracture and the type of hardware used, but patients typically need to wear a sling or brace for several weeks to support the healing bone.

Benefits of clavicle fracture fixation include quicker healing, reduced pain and discomfort, and a decreased risk of non-union or malunion of the fracture, which can cause long-term problems. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, and patients should discuss their options with their shoulder surgeon at LALL Orthopedics + to determine if clavicle fracture fixation is the best course of treatment for their specific case.

Dr. Ajay C. Lall is a former dual sport NCAA collegiate athlete (football and track & field), American board certified, triple fellowship-trained expert orthopedic surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating shoulder injuries. He treats non-athletes and athletes at all levels of play from collegiate to professional to the Olympic level. Dr. Lall is a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who cares for all patients like family. Contact LALL Orthopedics + to schedule a consultation, receive the correct diagnosis, and undergo state-of-the-art treatment options.

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Ajay C. Lall, MD, MS, FAAOS

  • Board Certified – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Triple Fellowship Trained
  • Performs over 750 Surgeries Per Year
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