Perc vs. Open Clavicle Fractures


Status: Completed
Keywords: clavicle fractures , numbness
IRB Number: 00036814
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Sub Specialties: Orthopaedic Trauma

Brief Summary

This is a prospective, level II evidence comparison between two cohorts. This study is designed to compare the percutaneous versus open approach for plate fixation of diaphyseal clavicle fractures. This study includes questionnaires and measurements that will collect data on incision-related numbness, union rates, overall outcomes, complication rates of the two methods, infection rates, and overall satisfaction. The surgical procedure, all radiographs and follow-up visits to a minimum of one year are the PI's standard of care for this injury. Measurements and questionnaires are related to the study.

Principal Investigator: Erik Kubiak
Department: Orthopedic Surgery
Co Investigator:

Contact Information

Name:Kirby Corbey
Phone: 801-213-3366

Inclusion Criteria

- 18 years of age or older
- displaced (i.e., no cortical contact of fracture ends on two xray view) diaphyseal clavicle fracture
- fracture pattern amenable to plate fixation
- neurologic injury requiring open reduction
- open clavicle fracture
- clavicle nonunion (defined as an absence of radiographic bony union in the presence of neurologic, cosmetic, or functional complaints at six months duration
- symptomatic malunion (defined as a healed, but shortened or angulated fracture in the presence of neurologic, cosmetic, or functional complaints)
- clavicle fracture associated with a scapular of humeral fracture (floating shoulder)

Exclusion Criteria

- a nondisplaced or minimally displaced closed, neurovascularly intact clavicle fracture
- fracture of the medial or lateral end of the clavicle
- pathological fracture
- patient is unable to medically tolerate general anethesia
- patient is unable to provide informed consent or comply with completing questionnaires