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Is surgery necessary for collarbone fracture?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Aug 2014 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: MY 19 YEAR OLD GRANDSON HAS A DISPLACED COLLARBONE FRACTURE. THE FRACTURE IS FRAGMENTED AND ABOUT 2-3 CM DISPLACED. SHOULD HE HAVE SURGERY TO PUT A PLATE IN IT? HE IS A VERY ACTIVE BOY ;INTO LOTS OF SPORTS. HE FRACTURED HIS COLLARBONE WHILE ON HIS DIRT BIKE.
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Shortening of more than 2cm

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hi thanks for your question. the current perceived wisdom is that in a sporting patient with more than 2cm of shortening in the clavicle it should be fixed to preserve function and shoulder strength. best wishes
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