Figured I'd post this here as we likely have a good cross section of racers who've crashed, broken their collarbones, and had a plate installed.
I found out today that I broke my left collarbone in a crash last week; the initial ER x-rays missed the break and it's been separating the past few days as I wondered why I wasn't recovering faster. The ortho took some follow-up x-rays today and I was blathering on about not having any breaks..the tech paused and said, "Are you sure?" It's about 1/2" separated now..
After some review of my options, I'm going in Thursday to screw it back together with a plate. If you've had this operation, I'd like to hear how long recovery took you, when you got back on the bike, whether you had any long term impairment of the shoulder, complications, etc.