Broke my clavicle some months ago, I have the option of surgery

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  1. Eeezee

    Eeezee Diamond Member

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    So the x-rays show a clean break in the middle of my clavicle (collar bone) on my right side. It's basically two equal lengths of bone that aren't connected at all. The two fragments are no longer coming together, calcium is just forming around each and is going to form this huge chunk of bone connecting the two fragments. An option is to go into surgery and the surgeon will manually set the bone fragments and drill a pin through them to hold them in place while they heal. Here are the pros and cons of going with or without surgery

    No Surgery
    Pros
    - Lazy solution, it's just easier
    - No complications from surgery

    Cons
    - Possibility of having a large bump on my shoulder that hurts when pressure is applied
    - Possibility of losing full range of motion with my right arm
    - Possibility of skin deformity on that part of the shoulder


    Surgery
    Pros
    - Quick and dirty procedure, girlfriend has promised to wait on me hand and foot while I recover
    - Free Vicodin to ease the pain and hasten recovery (mmm pills)
    - At most might have a small scar from where they cut me open, but it won't hurt like the calcium bump might

    Cons
    - Possible surgery complications
    - There's a nerve center around the region where the bone broke, if that nerve center is stimulated I could have chronic burning pain for awhile
    - Chronic burning pain may go away after awhile or it may be permanent

    Edit: Here's a good x-ray, it looks a lot like my x-ray only my broken clavicle is on the other side Text
    Also, she recommends surgery but says it is not absolutely necessary
     
  2. compuwiz1

    compuwiz1 Admin Emeritus<br>Elite Member

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    Or, even worse yet, you become a Vicodin addict. ;)

    Never get cut on, unless absolutely necessary. Only your proctologist knows for sure. :)
     
  3. Eeezee

    Eeezee Diamond Member

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    The orthopedic told me all of this stuff. She recommends surgery, but wanted to give me all of the pros and cons and said that it's basically up to me. It's no more necessary than a face lift, but it's recommended so that it heals better than it would naturally.
     
  4. fatpat268

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    Wow, how did you break it that badly?

    I've broken both of my collarbones, and I got lucky it wasn't that bad. Personally, I'd go with the surgery, as I'd rather have full range of motion back, and the chance of complications are fairly minimal.
     
  5. Safeway

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    I have broken my left collar bone twice. Once when I was 6, and again when I was 15. My X-Rays (we still have them, and I just looked at them) are identical to the ones you posted.

    Surgery was never discussed with me ... but I do have a very small calcium formation. It is not enough to see, but if you rub a collar bone with each hand, you can feel where the breaks were. There is no pain associated with it either. The only thing that hurt was when I got in a fight about a week later and got punched in the left arm, jamming my broken collar bone. I definately went apeshit after that ... good times.
     
  6. cavemanmoron

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    proctologist

    why are you seeing a Dr. that specializes in Anal stuff,
    for a broken collar bone??

    :confused:
     
  7. Dirigible

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    Broken clavicles are one of the most common injuries in cycling. I have several acquaintances who've broken 'em in the past year. You may want to go to a cycling forum and ask people there for their experiences. mtbr.com (there's an injury-specific forum "rider down" or try posting in the larger local forums), ridemonkey.com, there may be more good ones.
     
  8. MrDudeMan

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    i broke my collar bone a few years ago and never got it fixed, but mine was no where near that broken. i let it heal naturally and it is fine now, but if mine looked like that, id be in surgery for sure. good luck.
     
  9. Eeezee

    Eeezee Diamond Member

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    Yeah, for some reason it really wasn't that bad. I checked in to the hospital clinic (not the ER) and the doctor was like "you should be in extraordinary pain from what I see in this x-ray" and handed me a vicodin prescription. I took 2 in the morning (waking up was hard for sme reason) and was okay for the rest of the day. After a month I stopped taking them but have like 50 pills remaining.
     
  10. Eeezee

    Eeezee Diamond Member

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    Sorry, that was 5:30AM and apparently I was influenced by the previous poster :p
     
  11. ni4ni

    ni4ni Golden Member

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    Look, I know what I am talking about. Trust me, definately surgery.

    No, I'm not a doctor, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night!
     
  12. RollWave

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    Go with surgery man, it'll make you closer to normal than you would be otherwise and the chance of complications is quite low if you have a skilled surgeon doing the procedure.
     
  13. mrSHEiK124

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    Same exact thing the doctor told me when I had my broken right collarbone X-rayed at the hospital. I broke it playing football around 10 or 11 AM, and had the X-ray done at 5 or 6 PM; the doctor was pretty freakin surprised I went all day without any pain meds, gave me a codeine prescription :D, sent me to the orthopedist who put me in a sling for 5 weeks.

    EDIT: But my clavicle healed normally without any surgery, you probably broke it a lot worse than I did.
     
  14. Canai

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    Get the surgery... If you don't, you'll regret it later in life. I recently went through something similar with my wrist.
     
  15. dquan97

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    where's the pic?
     
  16. waggy

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    I had surgery on my coller bone a few months ago.

    they went in and shaved off 10mm of bone where it connects over the shoulder. i have 3 very small (half inch long) scares. but every now and then it will start hurting a lot. Also they didnt want me moving it to much.

    but it was not that bad.

    don't think it would be as bad as a break!
     
  17. TheRyuu

    TheRyuu Diamond Member

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    I'd get it.

    The cons of no surgery outweigh the cons of having the surgery. (did that make sense?)
    All the bad stuff that can happen without surgery is worse then the stuff that can happen if you get surgery.

    So get the surgery.
    And the Pros of getting surgery are just plain good compared to the "lazy solution".