Mid-shaft clavicle fracture: conservative management as good as surgery

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Mid-shaft clavicle fracture: conservative management as good as surgery

A recent Alberta Tools for Practice1 found that: High quality evidence demonstrates no significant long-term differences in patient oriented outcomes (pain, function, return to previous activities, or patient satisfaction) with surgery (plate) compared to conservative management.

Approximately 20-38% of surgery patients require a second operation for plate removal.

Reference:

  1. Alberta Tools for Practice #212. Clavicle Fractures: To plate or not to plate, that is the question Click here

Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr. Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice.



As published in NZ Doctor 12/09/2018