What is a Nonunion Repair of the Clavicle?
The term “nonunion” usually describes a clavicle fracture that has not healed appropriately or adequately between 6 and 9 months after injury. Nonunion fractures can also describe a broken collarbone that has healed incorrectly and out of alignment from the pre-injury anatomy.
Patients who have a nonunion clavicle fracture experience pain and impaired shoulder function.
How is a Nonunion Clavicle Fracture Repaired?
The repair of a nonunion clavicle fracture is similar to the surgical technique in a clavicle fracture fixation. Often the surgery involves fixing the clavicle with a plate and screws, plus adding bone graft to aid the healing. If the hardware used in clavicle fracture fixation is visible on the healed bone, it can be removed once healing is complete.
What is the Recovery After Clavicle Fracture Fixation?
Patients are normally able to have clavicle fracture fixation as an out-patient procedure and are allowed to go home the same day. A sling is used to protect the shoulder for 4 to 6 weeks and Dr. Mazzara will prescribe a detailed physical therapy plan designed to regain motion, function and strength. Full recovery from clavicle fracture fixation takes about 12 weeks.
If you need a clavicle fracture fixation or if you’ve had a nonunion collarbone injury, please contact the office of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.