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Old 10-06-2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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Dislocated my clavicle/sternum - 16 years old - any advice ?

Hi, I have just dislocated my clavicle bone at the chest end and have a biggish lump sticking out under my throat. I was referred to A&E by the Doctor yesterday. The hospital took an X-ray and the Doctor tried to put the bone back in place, but it would not stay there. Today I had to go to the fracture clinic and they told me that I will just have to live with the lump. They said that it could be too dangerous to operate. They have told me to rest my arm in a sling and they will see me again in two weeks to check that everything is ok.

I do not want this lump. I am only 16 and it looks horrible. Also, I am really into martial arts - will this heal ok or will I have other problems later in life.

My parents want to ask for a second opinion but we have looked around on the Internet and everything appears to back up what the hospital are saying - you just have to live with this.

Sorry for the waffle but thank you very much indeed for any advice.

Old 10-06-2010, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: Dislocated my clavicle/sternum - 16 years old - any advice ?

Have you looked for a specialist in your area? Even if they say the same atleast you know you've done your research. Or ask how dangerous it is to operate and weigh out the risks.

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Old 10-06-2010, 09:25 AM   #3
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Re: Dislocated my clavicle/sternum - 16 years old - any advice ?

I have that same lump and was told the same thing. No treatment. So I delved deeper into the issue and found out that #1...they don't stay in place and #2...the chances of damage to the structures underneath is the real problem. You have the lungs, the trachea, the large blood vessels(carotid and jugular), the thyroid....too many major things that if injured during surgery could kill you. A dislocated collar bone will never kill you, just look weird.

I used to cover it up and since it happened just before a wedding in the family, I was distraught to see my necklaces not hang right. But with some adjusting to make them longer, they were just fine.

Sorry to say but it's one of those things that they just don't fix. But the only person to even notice it was the shoulder surgeon I saw...walked in and asked how I dislocated it and then discovered when I did it I also tore my rotator cuff in the same shoulder(that did need surgery). No one....and I mean NO ONE has even noticed it...not even my primary doc until I pointed it out. We see it because we know it's there but no one noticed it. If you were a super model, then it may be a problem but otherwise, just forget it's there and so will everyone else.


Old 10-07-2010, 01:11 AM   #4
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Re: Dislocated my clavicle/sternum - 16 years old - any advice ?

Hi Jenny,

Thank you so much for this - it is very re-assuring.

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