Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
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Yeah, I've had mine pinned.
I actually had it done twice. Out patient at the local hospital with general anesthesia both times. The first time the doctor used some kind of dissolvable pins and told me not to be afraid to use it. That wasn't good advice for a guy like me. When I went back for my one week check, the bones had pulled apart again.
The second time he pinned it with three titanium screws and a wrap of very expensive bailing wire. This time he told my wife to make me keep my arm in a sling for a month or so. For me, the recouperation process wasn't pleasant. I had to sleep in a recliner chair for about 6 weeks. The bone on the top of my shoulder looks a little funny and that side is about 2 inches narrower than the other side, but if feels fine today and I can do everything that I was able to do before.
Incidentally, about 6 months after the surgery, I went over the bars on my mountain bike and broke the same collar bone again. Since my insurance company had excluded that bone for a year, I had no insurance on it. My son-in-law is a chiropractor, so I had him X-ray the bone and took the X-ray in to my orthopod. He confirmed (no charge by the way) that it was indeed broken again but said it would heal OK by itself if I'd let it. It did too. This time I only slept in the recliner for about a week.
The worst part about the second break was having to listen to my wife's crying and my son's lecturing about how I could be so stupid as to go mountain biking so soon after an injury. This son, by the way, does some things on a mountain bike and on his motocross motorcycle that I'm not sure I approve of. And he's lecturing me! What can a guy say at a time like that?
Uh - good luck!