Got operated with a implant which is screwed to my collar bone with 4 screws.Wow what a accessories on the body!!!!!!!!!

For rest of my life i have to carry a hospital stamped certificate indication the size and location of the implant in my body to avoid misunderstanding of a drug dealer.Surgery was smooth as per doc.As per normal terms doctor said i should be running within 15 days.

Let me tell you what is a clavicle fracture/collarbone fracture.A clavicle fracture is a bone fracture in the clavicle, or collarbone. It is often caused by a fall onto an outstretched upper extremity, a fall onto a shoulder, or a direct blow to the clavicle. In my case i had fallen on my shoulder.

There are 2 types of treatment to deal with a clavicle fracture depending upon the complexity of fracture

1) Non operative:-

Treatment usually involves resting the affected extremity and supporting the arm with the use of a sling.

In older practice, a figure-8 brace was used, designed to immobilize and retract the shoulder, maintaining symmetric positioning to facilitate healing. More recent clinical studies have shown that the outcomes of this method were not measurably different from simple sling support, and due to the movement difficulties caused to the patient, this method has mostly lapsed.

Current practice is generally to provide a sling, and pain relief, and to allow the bone to heal itself, monitoring progress with X-rays every week or few weeks. Surgery is employed in 5-10% of cases. However, a recent study supports primary plate fixation of completely displaced midshaft clavicular fractures in active adult patients

More than 90% of clavicle fractures are successfully healed by non-operative treatment.

If the fracture is at the lateral end, the risk of nonunion is greater than if the fracture was of the shaft.

2) Surgical:-I fell into the remaining 10%

The surgery is indicated when one or more of the following conditions presents.

  1. Comminution with separation (multiple piece)
  2. Significant Foreshortening of the clavicle (indicated by shoulder forward).
  3. Skin penetration (Open Fracture).
  4. Clearly associated nervous and vascular trauma (Brachial Plexus or Supra Clavicular Nerves).
  5. Non Union after several months (3–6 months, typically)
  6. Distal Third Fractures which interfere with normal function of the ACJ (Acriomio Clavicular Joint).

A discontinuity in the bone shape often results from a clavicular fracture, visible through the skin, if not treated with surgery. Surgical procedure will often call for ORIF (Open Reduction Internal [plate] Fixation) where an anatomically shaped titanium or steel plate is affixed along the superior aspect of the bone via several screws. In some cases the plate may be removed after healing, but this is very rarely required (based on nerve interaction or tissue aggavation), and typically considered an elective procedure. Typical surgical complications are infection, neurological symptoms distal the incision (sometimes to the extremity), and non-union requiring re-plating.

I had 2 fractures, so had to go in for a surgical method in order to heal or seal the bone in correct position.

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