Treatment methods

Quickly and easily treatable

No question about it: a broken collarbone is very painful. Nevertheless, the injury is comparatively harmless and easy to treat. The fracture often heals when we just immobilise your arm for a few weeks using an arm sling. In many cases, however, broken collarbone surgery makes your recovery quicker.

Conservative treatment methods

Conservative broken collarbone treatment

During conservative treatment, we immobilise your arm and shoulder for 1-3 weeks using a shoulder sling. Most bones grow back together easily in this way. However, your collarbone will only be able to bear a load properly after 3-6 months.

Surgical treatment methods

Minimally invasive treatment: particularly gentle

During minimally invasive treatment, our specialists gently insert a flexible nail into your collarbone from the inside or outside of the bone. The fracture is “threaded”, so to speak, and stabilised accordingly. 

During treatment with plate and screw systems, the fragments are connected with screws and your bone is stabilised with a plate. This technique is also implemented as a minimally invasive procedure or as a mini open operation with small skin incisions. Stabilisation by means of modern angle-stable plates ensures maximum stability and the fastest return to work and sport.

If we treat fractures at the outer end of the collarbone, we can also perform the procedure using the keyhole technique (arthroscopy). We achieve the desired stabilisation of your fracture using a thread and titanium plate system (TightRope or dog-bone technique).

The operation under general anaesthetic usually only takes about 30 to 45 minutes. This is followed, on average, by a 2-day hospital stay. You can use an arm sling for pain therapy for the first few days. However, this sling can be removed at any time – the fracture is now stable.

Broken collarbone surgery: back to work and sport more quickly

Broken collarbone surgery offers a big advantage: Your bone can be brought into the exact position and can also grow back together more quickly in the correct position. 
You can thus bear a load on your arm again at an earlier stage and are unable to work and play sport for a shorter time. For many patients, this is the key factor in their decision to undergo surgery despite conservative options. 

Surgical treatment is required for more severely displaced, open or comminuted fractures. Fractures with injuries to the blood vessels and nerves must also be treated surgically.

Depending on your individual needs and the type of fracture, there are two treatment options: minimally invasive elastic titanium nails (TEN, ESIN) and modern plate and screw systems.