Clavicle Fracture Surgery as a Broken Collarbone Treatment
Shoulder fractures are quite common in patients of all ages, especially a clavicle (collarbone) fracture. The clavicle can sustain an injury during sports activities, a fall, a motor vehicle accident or other traumatic event. Even though the number of clavicle injuries is high, no two injuries are alike. The clavicle can break in a number of different patterns, ranging from a simple crack through the bone to a break into multiple fragments of bone, otherwise known as “comminution.” If the fracture is fragmented or significantly displaced or separated, Dr. Mark Getelman, shoulder surgeon, may recommend a surgical repair for the broken collarbone for patients in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area. Dr. Getelman typically recommends clavicle fracture surgery to restore normal bone alignment and appropriate length in cases where shortening or displacement is present.
Clavicle fracture surgery is performed by Dr. Getelman to reposition the broken bones back in their original position. This allows the the fractured bone to heal in the normal, correct alignment. A clavicle surgery typically involves an incision in front of the collarbone and the placement of a plate and screws along the top of the clavicle. In certain fracture patterns, a broken collarbone treatment may also use a long pin in the center of the bone, referred to as intramedullary nailing .
At a patient’s initial consultation, Dr. Getelman will review the x-rays and determine the best treatment and explain whether operative or nonoerative management is the proper broken collarbone treatment.