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Do you need surgery for a broken collarbone?

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A broken collarbone usually heals without surgery. Your doctor may fit you with a sling to hold your arm still. If the bone comes through the skin, or if it's fractured in more than one place, you may need an operation. Just like with shoulder surgery, your doctor will need to hold it together with plates, screws, or pins.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What is Osteoporosis?"

Graham, P. , published online February 2011. Osteoporosis Clinical Updates

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)," "Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2017

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What is Osteoporosis?"

Graham, P. , published online February 2011. Osteoporosis Clinical Updates

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)," "Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2017

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