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Broken Collarbone (cont.)

Broken Collarbone Surgery

Surgical treatment is required in only about 5% to 10% of all clavicle fractures. One or more of the following conditions may require surgical repair of the clavicle:

  • Multiple fractures in one clavicle
  • Clavicle shortening due to bone loss (for example, bone is shattered)
  • Open fracture of the clavicle (clavicle breaks through the skin)
  • Clavicle break that involves vascular or nerve structures
  • Nonunion of bone (bone pieces fail to heal together)
  • Fractures that interfere with normal joint function (usually the acriomio-clavicular joint)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2012

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