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Fractured collarbone after an accident. No pain. Need surgery?

Hi, doc, my husband met with a small accident wherein he fractured his collar bone the doc suggested us to go for a surgery and placed a steel plate with 8 screws, i believe when he went for a monthly check-up, doc said that the plate broke.. but my husband does'nt have any pain.. is it ok to leave it like that or should he go for another surgery to remove the plate. kindly suggest us... thanks, god bless.
Asked On : Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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hi there
fracture of collar bone that is clavicle needs surgery not very commonly.
if fracture is displaced very much then surgery is indicated.
anyhow, if x ray suggesting that plate is broken then you should undergo surgery to remove the plate because a broken hardware(plate) may cause problems like screws migrating into muscle, weakning of the bone, joint movement restrictions.
wishing you best of health.thanks
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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