Re: broken clavicle...surgery or not?
Hey everyone.. Hope you all healed ok.
I broke my clavicle 11 weeks ago in a high speed car crash. I also broke my ankle (tibia & fibia - requiring operation to get metal plate & screws - but that's another story all together).
I have gone back to the doctors to get x-rays at 6 weeks, and 10 weeks, and both xrays have shown that the clavicle hasn't 'joined' at all. They are now suggesting I may have to get surgery to get a metal plate to put it back together.
When I first broke it, I actually was keen on the idea of getting surgery, as I do martial arts and wanted my bones to be "back to how they were" if possible! Rather than having one collar bone shorter than the other. However all the doctors I've spoken to say that if it can heal by itself, they will almost always let it do so - which is 95% of cases. Apparently there are a lot of very important nerves etc in the shoulder, so they'd rather not do surgery if it's not necessary. Also studies have shown that there are more complications with internal fixations (plates/pins etc) than there are with natural healing.
I resigned to the fact that i'd probably rather a bump in my shoulder than the risk of some major nerve damage/infections etc. Now it looks like I don't have much choice! To the people that HAVe had surgery, were you happy with the final outcome? Full Range Of Movement etc?
Cheers guys. I'm not a cyclist, but this is a great forum, very well designed!
PS. Purely out of interest - broken leg is much worse than broken clavicle!