broken collarbone gutted
snowboarder0 Posts: 7
edited March 2018 in Commuting chat
hi all so i broke my collarbone on the weekend. im seeing a nhs orthopedic in 2 days
i have been told that this will require surgery but im absolutely bricking it. ( reading horror stories online )
anyone gone though this on the nhs ?
Hope you can gain your confidence back and get better soon
You'll be out for a few months and no mistake, but once its fixed you'll just have good stories to tell and not much else to remind you.
You will be out of action for a while of course. Do what the doctors tell you to do, if you get any physio do what they tell you to do.
Good luck with it and hope you heal fast.
Marin Nail Trail
For a shattered clavicle, a couple of cracked ribs and a broken scapula.
When I went for a follow up 12 months later, I saw an X-ray that looked like the collar bone had completely shattered. I asked what it looked like now and the ortho said "that is it now". Yours looks pretty straightforward by comparison.
If you want a horror story, I now have a permanently narrower shoulder on one side, constant grinding noises whenever I move it, a visibly misshapen clavicle and significant pain and weakness.
I don't know what stories you have seen online but it goes without saying that on the internet there's always a tendency for it to be easier to find the worst.
You're better off getting the surgery.
Seriously though, gutted for you. You'll be back strong after a few weeks.
Felt Z6 2012
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Mine was only in one place, but they used a pin and some surgical elastic (all the modcons) and I had to wear a sling for about 6 weeks. It was uncomfortable but not overtly painful for me, but I was lucky to have the summer to rest. Very annoying to not be able to do very much outside of walking - let alone cycling.
Took the painkillers, did the physio and was careful and I didn't have any issues.
See what the Dr says when you speak and ask whathe thinks is the best course of action for you (if you haven't already). Hopefully you can be back on the bike when the weather is good.
Best of luck. (Oh and potential luvvers may dig the scars!?!?)
2cm shortening 100% displacement skin tenting, no evidence of malunion and 100% evident of nonunion.
i'll report back once i had my appointment.
oh and i did it snowboarding, trying to show off to all my sons school friends and landed a jump wrong. ffs
It just depends on your doc but surgery carries risks and I would just say well see how it goes. if surgery is need 2 months down the line because the bone hnot joined or not joined properly then it still can be done, after all they will just break it again. healing time is upto 8 weeks. Mine was a broken differently but similar in that the bone shattered and was displaced. I had it snap in three but there was a fragment too and the nothing lined up. 4 week later though it sorted it self out and did a 12 hr TT 5 1/2 weeks after the break.
It will be fine (I hope).
interesting thing is im lopsided. i look deformed, and the complications later in life do not add up. i know surgery carry's the risk. but i have read many studies since ive done it. the only one fatal operation was in a 66 year old when the vain was severed by the drill put she was resuscitated on the table. the best thing we have about the nhs is " nhs choice" we can choose which surgeon and which hospital. i like to do my background checks on surgeons before anything. and most if not all work in the private sector.
Erm, is he/she dead or not?
Took a major impact on my c/b about 8-9 years ago - roller hockey injury, got upended, think of it like a tip tackle in rugby - soft tissue damage only apparently. Currently sat here with a misshapen collar bone and lots of ache on a cold day - I refer to it as more discomfort than pain, but nonetheless it's not present in the other side so something ain't right. If they say no surgery, go looking go for a second opinion. Lots of suffering further down the line if it ain't right now.
EDIT: Originally read it as a 66 year old woman.
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This. 99.9% of these are absolutely fine, otherwise you'd be hearing about "donations for collarbone surgery research"...
The A&E doc will say surgery but they are not surgeons. You will get an appointment with the ortho doc soon enough and he will say probably lets wait and see.
Intervention is more common on the continent. Even if you have surgery you should not be loading it after a week.
If a bone heals by itself and it will self align but it take a 3=5 weeks of discomfort and pain then let it. You'll just have one arm for the time being. I ran a shop with one arm and had a broken thumb on the other. So if I can get by you can too.
In short it will heal. If your fit it will be on your bike again in 4 weeks. My break was not as clean as yours. You bones are still in the right place. Mine pointing the wrong directions.
I was only joking based on the username.
Life imitates art.
Felt Z6 2012
Red Arthur Caygill steel frame
They heal strong!
and wait till we are in the 60 and we cant do nothing with chronic pain etc