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How long will it take to recover from broken collar bone surgery?

How long will it take to recover from broken collar bone surgery?

6-8 weeks: While the fracture usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often experience symptoms related to the soft tissue injury that occurred at the time of the injury and the soft tissue trauma caused by the surgery for weeks or months after this. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
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Clavicle Fracture (Definition)

The clavicle is the bone that connects the scapula to the sternum. A fracture (also known as a "break") can occur from a direct blow to the shoulder. The treatment ranges from non-operative treatment in a sling to open treatment with metallic implants. An orthopaedic surgeon can provide more answers. For more ...Read more


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How long will it take for a surgery to reset a broken collar bone?

How long will it take for a surgery to reset a broken collar bone?

Short term...: Operative repair of a broken(fractured) collar bone takes a few hours once one is actually in the operating room; recovery from the procedure itself also takes a few hours; and probably at least an overnight stay in the hospital. The recovery from a fractured collar bone is another story... ...Read more

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Weather or not to have surgery on broken collar bone?

Weather or not to have surgery on broken collar bone?

Depends on fracture: whether it is a simple fracture, compound or comminuted. Get an x-ray interpretation and consult with orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from broken collar bone?

How long does it take to recover from broken collar bone?

Collar bone: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a broken collar bone to heal?

How long will it take for a broken collar bone to heal?

Weeks - Months: It depends what type of fracture occurs as well as the location in the clavicle. Usually it is about 6 weeks but sometimes it can be a few months. ...Read more

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Ideas? What option should I take in treating my broken collar bone?

Clavicle fractures: Are most often treated with figure of 8 splint, which places the two ends in apposition in satisfactory alignment. In rare cases, surgical intervention becomes necessary for anatomic reasons. Consult an orthopedic surgeon. But it will take up to 8-12 weeks for recovery. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed to take 1-2, 5mg percocets every 4-6 hours for a broken collar bone. When I take them, I start to feel hot. Is this normal?

I'm prescribed to take 1-2, 5mg percocets every 4-6 hours for a broken collar bone. When I take them, I start to feel hot. Is this normal?

Pain Meds: Narcotic pain medications, like Percocet, have lots of side-effects. Most common are drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and restlessness. Feeling "hot" may be from the medication or from the inflammatory reaction your body takes to heal the clavicle fracture. Regardless, pain from clavicle fractures tends to ease rapidly. Recommend using the Percocet for only a few days, then just plain tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How will having broken collar bone affect my long-term health?

How will having broken collar bone affect my long-term health?

Should not: Majority of clavicle fractures heal uneventfully unless severely fragmented, shortened or located more at distal end of bone (closer to shoulder). Once healed there will likely be a prominence at the sight of healing but should not be painful. Persistent pain for more than 4-6 mos suggests failure of healing and surgery could be necessary to induce healing. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my broken collar bone is taking a long time to heal?

What is long time ?: Most of the clavicle ( collar bone ) will heal , with alignment will form a big callous will eventually molds itself, you should see your orthopedic surgeon and find out the reason for delayed healing. ...Read more

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How can you sleep with broken collar bone?

How can you sleep with broken collar bone?

On your back: You will usually sleep on your back since being on your side will cause more stress on the collar bones. Get in the most comfortable position you can and that is about as good as it gets until a certain level of healing ocurrs. Discuss with your pcp or orthopedist. Don't be a "pain in the neck!" ha! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most comfortable way to sleep with a broken collar bone?

Can you tell me about the most comfortable way to sleep with a broken collar bone?

Collar bone: Try sleeping on the side opposite the break. You can also try taking some pain medication before you go to bed. Sometimes it helps to sleep in a reclining chair. ...Read more

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My mother has broken collar bone. Does that mean anything significant?

My mother has broken collar bone. Does that mean anything significant?

Clavicle fracture: The clavicle is the term for the collarbone. It is a very common bone to fracture and usually does not need surgery unless there is significant displacement. Most fractures heal uneventfully in a sling after 6-8 weeks. Physical therapy is usually started after it heals to prevent joint stiffness. ...Read more

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Which is a worse injury a shoulder dislocation or a broken collar bone?

Dislocation: Shoulder dislocation is worse because if it does not heal then it can lead to recurrent dislocation. The collar bone fractures heal in 99% cases & most of the heal with conservative management. ...Read more

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Broken collar bone hurts?

Broken collar bone hurts?

Yep, I bet it does: Most heal without surgery without resulting in significant residual pain and/or dysfunction. If the doctor is concerned that it won't heal without surgery or that it would heal and result in pain and/or dysfunction, the doctor will discuss surgery. Those that require surgery usually do great after surgery. ...Read more

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How do you treat broken collar bone?

Splint: Usually a figure 8 splint is good enough for most cases. Some that are dislocated or poorly aligned require surgery. ...Read more

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How can I treat my broken collar bone?

How can I treat my broken collar bone?

Splint: A simple splint is all that is usually needed. It is called a figure of eight. It is a wrap that gpoes in front of each shoulder and crosses in the back and distracts the shoulders and the broken ends of the collar bone also. ...Read more

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I have a broken collar bone, what to do?

Have it evaluated.: The doctor will let you know what needs to be done depending on the degree of injury. ...Read more

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Could you die from a broken collar bone?

Could you die from a broken collar bone?

Not expected: A simple broken collar bone is regarded as a minor fracture and not usually one to die from but any fracture should be under the management of a doctor. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more