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Is it okay to go on holiday 12 days after collarbone/clavicle surgery?

Is it okay to go on holiday 12 days after collarbone/clavicle surgery?

Probably: I would consult your treating surgeon however most likely you will be fine. As always when traveling out of the area from your treating surgeon you run the risk for problems that may arise without access to your surgeon. I normally do not allow my patients to lift more than a few pounds for the first 46 weeks following surgery. That being said you need to be careful with carrying luggage and made limit your activities on your trip.I normally remove my patients sutures 12 to 14 days from surgery. You will need to make sure that your wound is checked and your sutures are removed prior to travel. ...Read more

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Post-op clavicle surgery -8 days out, out of a sling, gaining back r.O.M., limited pain. Question-is there any risk of safely excersing?

Post-op clavicle surgery
-8 days out, out of a sling, gaining back r.O.M., limited pain.
Question-is there any risk of safely excersing?

Yes.: While your fracture has been fixated with an implant construct, your bones have not yet healed. It is absolutely possible to loosen the implant during your exercising and could potential cause you to require further surgery. This is a good question for the orthopaedic surgeon who took care of you. He/she can prescribe a graduated return to activity that ensures safe healing of your fracture. ...Read more

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What questions do I need to ask my orthopedic doctor before my clavicle surgery?

What questions do I need to ask my orthopedic doctor before my clavicle surgery?

Clavicle surgery: Your surgeon should go over risks, benefits, and potential complications with you before surgery. You should ask as many questions as you need to so that you are as relaxed as you can be. Ask your surgeon how many times they perform this procedure every month. Results of every procedure correlate directly with how frequently the surgeon and entire team performs it. Don't be afraid to ask! ...Read more

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How soon can I go back to an accounting job (use my arms a lot for typing and compiling papers) after excision distal clavicle surgery?

How soon can I go back to an accounting job (use my arms a lot for typing and compiling papers) after excision distal clavicle surgery?

10-14 days: Would want to check with your surgeon, certainly. But in general, if you had an arthroscopic distal clavicle resection that did not require any associated repair of a torn rotator cuff or ligamentous structure, 10/24 days would be average for return to modified duty; sooner if not too sore. ...Read more

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I'm having distal clavicle resection surgery. What is the recovery time when i can go back to work an able to lift 75lbs?

I'm having distal clavicle resection surgery. What is the recovery time when i can go back to work an able to lift 75lbs?

Let me explain: There are two ways to do this procedure. 1-using open method. 2_arthroscopy. The recovery time for job like yours i believe will 12-16 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm having orthoscopic distal clavicle resection surgery sometimes it bothers me an other times it doesn't. Is it normal?

Yes: All problems have a tendency to wax and wane discuss with your surgeon / if it causes enough trouble then surg is warranted if not hold off. ...Read more

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Had clavicle repair surgery 8 yrs ago, now can see blue veins on that side of my chest? Due to stretching during surgery?

Had clavicle repair surgery 8 yrs ago, now can see blue veins on that side of my chest? Due to stretching during surgery?

No: The clavicle is in close proximity to subclavian vein which drains the arm. That is where nodes involved with breast cancer exist. The vein actually comes in contact with the sternoclavicular junction so that any surgery in that region may have resulted in partial thrombosis. With blood not being effectively drained from the arm, collaterals begin to open which can appear as chest wall veins. ...Read more

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Got discal clavicle resection surgery w/ bicep tendon tear. How long out of work?Gotta go back full duty an able to lift 75 lbs. Thank u for the help

Got discal clavicle resection surgery w/ bicep tendon tear. How long out of work?Gotta go back full duty an able to lift 75 lbs.  Thank u for the help

Ask your surgeon: Questions re complications, side effects, recovery, disability, etc should be asked of surgeon along w/(consequences of) options prior to undergoing procedure. Surgeon should also be informed of your particular requirements, eg return to work, job description, etc in order to make best recommendation. So go ask surgeon who performed distal clavicle resection + bicep tendon repair what to expect. ...Read more

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Its been 3.5 weeks since my clavicle fracture surgery. Itsgot good rom and strength. I am strongly considering someactivities like snowboarding on simple runs with no risk of fall. Should i?

Its been 3.5 weeks since my clavicle fracture surgery. Itsgot good rom and strength. I am strongly considering someactivities like snowboarding on simple runs with no risk of fall. Should i?

Understand the risks: Ultimately the rate of healing depends on the nature of the fracture and the quality of reduction at the the of surgery. This takes at least 6 weeks for best case scenario. There is a real risk for refracture and/or implant failure to occur if a significant impact injury is sustained before bony healing. Discuss the risks with your surgeon before putting yourself at risk. ...Read more

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