Clavicle Locking Plates

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Evolution of Clavicle Locking Plates

Clavicle fractures are commonly treated with a plate and screws. Most implants allow for a combination of locking or non-locking screws. The evolution of locking plates has dynamical changed operative treatment of fractures. Locking screws are a type of screw that locks into the plate that allows creation of a stiff fixed angle construct. For clavicle surgery, an incision is commonly made directly superior or anterior on the clavicle. Due to the clavicle being covered by minimal soft tissue, occasionally these plates can be very prominent and aesthetically displeasing. Once the fracture is healed, the plates may be removed if so desired.

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