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Can babies have a metal plate put in for a collar bone fracture?
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Dr. Raja Nandyal
Pediatrics
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In brief: No
All fractures of collar bones of babies heal nicely without any surgery (within 7 to 10 days).
Very rarely, an infant with brittle bone disease (viable type) may have a fracture of collar bone. I am not aware of any surgery being done in such situation.

In brief: No
All fractures of collar bones of babies heal nicely without any surgery (within 7 to 10 days).
Very rarely, an infant with brittle bone disease (viable type) may have a fracture of collar bone. I am not aware of any surgery being done in such situation.
Dr. Raja Nandyal
Dr. Raja Nandyal
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Dr. Jenny Frances
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: No
Surgery is never needed for babies with clavicle fracture.
They always heal well on their own.

In brief: No
Surgery is never needed for babies with clavicle fracture.
They always heal well on their own.
Dr. Jenny Frances
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Why ever?
Newborns heal without specific therapy.
The bone has a rubbery sleeve that keeps a cracked bone in place, so there is no need for external devices to align it. If an older infant whose break was in a crash with true overriding bones. Just keeping the shoulders back with a strap will usually fix it.

In brief: Why ever?
Newborns heal without specific therapy.
The bone has a rubbery sleeve that keeps a cracked bone in place, so there is no need for external devices to align it. If an older infant whose break was in a crash with true overriding bones. Just keeping the shoulders back with a strap will usually fix it.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Yes
A baby can have a metal plate put in for a collar bone fracture, but this would require a very rare and extremely unique set of circumstances to be indicated.

In brief: Yes
A baby can have a metal plate put in for a collar bone fracture, but this would require a very rare and extremely unique set of circumstances to be indicated.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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