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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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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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What is the surgery like for a fractured clavicle?

What is the surgery like for a fractured clavicle?

Out patient: It is usually fairly quick and out patient. You should notice much less pain almost immediately if you have a plate put on it! Good luck! ...Read more

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How bad should a broken clavicle be before you need surgery?

Really bad: Like coming through the skin. Surgery is almost never done on a broken claviclre ...Read more

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I'm a healthy and active 50 yr old woman. I broke my right clavicle after a bike accident and had surgery 12 days ago. Will plate n screws be removed?

I'm a healthy and active 50 yr old woman. I broke my right clavicle after a bike accident and had surgery 12 days ago. Will plate n screws be removed?

Varies widely: In some cases, it is not removed, but for most athletic folks, after several months to a year. This allows for complete remodeling of the bone and as full healing as possible. Please ask your orthopedic surgeon, as each fracture is different and this may impact your answer. ...Read more

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I have a completely fractured clavicle should I get surgery?

I have a completely fractured clavicle should I get surgery?

Depends: In past never recommended surgery for clavicle fractures. With time there are certain subtypes of displaced clavicle fractures that do better with surgery. You trade a bump on the bone where the clavicle heals for a scar where the surgery was in some cases. See an orthopedic surgeon and go over your options and see which type you have and the prognosis. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have surgery to repair malunion on broken clavicle?

Do you think I should have surgery to repair malunion on broken clavicle?

Malunion: Many clavicle malunions are not symptomatic and do not cause any problems. If painful or if causing range of motion limitations or if causing nerve compression, then repair is an option. Cosmetic appearance improvement is usually not a good indication for surgery (trade scar for bump). ...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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I just had surgery to remove a plate which was put in 3 months ago when I broke my clavicle. Being the 2nd incision, how long should the staples stay?

I just had surgery to remove a plate which was put in 3 months ago when I broke my clavicle. Being the 2nd incision, how long should the staples stay?

Your: SURGEON makes that decision...the ONLY one that should have a say.....you should have a follow-up visit planned if not arrange for one!!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I fractured my clavicle two days ago when snowboarding. I need a second opinion on whether I need surgery or not.

I fractured my clavicle two days ago when snowboarding. I need a second opinion on whether I need surgery or not.

See another doc: See another orthopedic doctor who can examine you and look at your x-ray and give you a second opinion. Most fractured collar bones do not require surgery. ...Read more

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Broke my left clavicle at a scrimmage. Could it end my football season and how quickly will it heal? Clean break and no surgery

Broke my left clavicle at a scrimmage. Could it end my football season and how quickly will it heal? Clean break and no surgery

Depends...: Returning to full contact football is individualized based on your age, fracture location and severity, and the degree of clinical and radiological healing. Given the contact nature of football would want to make sure clavicle is healed appropriately. Most patients return to preinjury levels of activity within 6-8 weeks. Would discuss timeline with orthopedic surgeon and/or primary care doctor ...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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I have clavicle fracture and doctor said I need surgery. What risks during surgery?

Fracture: Every surgical procedure has risks along with benefits and these vary from case to case. If your surgeon is recommending surgery then the benefits outweigh the risks! A common risk of any of any operation is infection. A clavicle fracture healing without operative management may lead to non-union, bony malformation, pain and other complications down the road. ...Read more

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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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Clavicle fractured 10 days ago, separatedn, surgery is indicated, I cant do surgery at now (insurance).my q is how delay affect surgery and Healing?

Clavicle fractured 10 days ago, separatedn, surgery is indicated, I cant do surgery at now (insurance).my q is how delay affect surgery and Healing?

No influence @ all.: During that time the healing process is firing up. Cleaning up blood & fluid, blood supply not ingrowing yet. Things R getting organized. Delay will also help lower Ur infection rate. @ about 2 weeks things get rolling, clot organizes the inflammatory response gets new cells into the area, organization of the clot gives a latticework 4 the cells.& off 2 the races. NO NSAIDS during healing, hinders ...Read more