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Plate Fixation Surgery for Clavicle Fractures | Broken Collarbone | Vail, Colorado





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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2010

Dr. Peter Millett is a Vail, Colorado orthopedic shoulder surgeon in private practice with the Steadman Clinic. He is an expert in treating clavicle fractures and offers this video on Plate Fixation with a Clavicle plate -- Surgical Technique.

A clavicle fracture is essentially a break in the collarbone. This can be caused from a sports injury or a traumatic injury or accident associated with the collarbone area. There are several techniques to surgically treat clavicle fractures. 
Clavicle fractures are common injuries and account for 2-5% of all adult fractures. Males involved in sporting activities that are younger than 30 years old and patients over the age of 70 with diminished bone density appear to be two distinct groups at higher risk for clavicle fractures. 

The majority of clavicle injuries occur within the middle third of the clavicle and are more likely to be displaced as compared to medial and lateral third fractures. Lateral clavicle fractures account for approximately 25% of all clavicle fractures. Medial fractures are least common comprising the remaining 2-3% of these injuries. The primary goal of clavicle fracture treatment is to achieve bony union and restore shoulder girdle function thereby allowing patients to return to their pre-injury activity level.

It is generally agreed that minimally displaced clavicle fractures are best treated non-surgically using a sling or brace.

Treatment of displaced fractures (where there is no bony surface contact between the fracture components) is more controversial, though several absolute indications for acute surgical intervention do exist. These include endangerment of the skin tenting, open fractures where there's the skin is open and a direct connection between the open air and the fracture exists and the presence of possible damage to nerves and/or blood vessels.

A separate clavicle fracture surgery technique is also further explained in Dr. Millett's video: Intra-Medullary Fixation with a Clavicle Pin: (IMFixationofMidschaftClavFx).

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