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Old 01-08-17, 09:38 PM
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What happens when you don't pay attention, this

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This happened 12-29-16, Thursday. Cruising along distracted by my own stupidity. Surgery to repair was this past Friday.

Actually had the X-ray tech gasp when she viewed this on her PC. Doc say not the worst he's seen, but pretty darn good break!

Yes, that arrowhead shape piece pointing down is part of the clavicle. Wrapped in surgical twine, then a plate and screwed together.

Says I should stay off bike for 3 months... We'll see about that... I say about 8 weeks.

And yes, the bike is OK. Will need some fresh bar tape.

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Old 01-08-17, 09:48 PM
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ooo ouch.
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Old 01-08-17, 10:22 PM
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oh! glad it wasn't worse but that looks nasty
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Old 01-08-17, 10:27 PM
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And to think I whine about the beer bottle that embedded itself in my thigh, when I was wearing cargo shorts with one in it and not paying attention to slick rain drain covers riding in the rain...
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Old 01-08-17, 10:44 PM
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We totally need a broken bone X-Ray thread.

I have a CD with the MRI of my broken femur and knee cap around here somewhere.
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Old 01-09-17, 12:02 AM
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We totally need a broken bone X-Ray thread.

I have a CD with the MRI of my broken femur and knee cap around here somewhere.
Oh dear god no. After enough orthos of my own, and a GF who was in a horrific car accident, I won't say I'm squeamish, but lets just say I'm squeamish.
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Old 01-09-17, 03:32 AM
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Of course, if you really want to get riding again asap you could go for a recumbent trike. Although I don't ride it much any more my recumbent bike is huge fun. I only suggest a trike because there is quite a steep learning curve for 'bent bikes and I wouldn't want you fall off and risk hurting that shoulder more.
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Old 01-09-17, 07:17 AM
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We totally need a broken bone X-Ray thread.

I have a CD with the MRI of my broken femur and knee cap around here somewhere.
Yup, I wish that I had a copy of my femur X-ray.

It has 3 screws that form a perfect equilateral triangle in one view and that are perfectly parallel in another. I asked the surgeon if he used some kind of a fixture to do that but he said that he only used hand held tools. I was quite impressed by the workmanship.
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Yup, I wish that I had a copy of my femur X-ray.

It has 3 screws that form a perfect equilateral triangle in one view and that are perfectly parallel in another. I asked the surgeon if he used some kind of a fixture to do that but he said that he only used hand held tools. I was quite impressed by the workmanship.
Maybe he did C&V drillium as a hobby?
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These are the kind of post that make me stop and think how wise it is to barrel down the street head first....I used to think about it a great deal inbetween switching from riding the 'bent to the DF. And then started noticing how close bumpers were going by at head level.

Really glad you were able to come on and post about it. That's a heck of a break.
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Oh dear god no. After enough orthos of my own, and a GF who was in a horrific car accident, I won't say I'm squeamish, but lets just say I'm squeamish.
It is interesting from a clinical perspective but too many have a morbid curiosity for crashes, accidents and death. I don't want to feed that so yeah, my remark was tongue in cheek.


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Yeah, broken clavicle seems to be a rite of passage for upright riders. For 'bent riders, it's losing skin off your hip. (Retro's hip is an outlier.) Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances...
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Looks like my left clavicle I broke 20 years ago after wrecking on my MTB, except the center piece was also in pieces. My left shoulder is an inch lower than my right and it will hurt forever.

I will say that if you could buy percocet over the counter I'd be a drug addict. At the hospital I was shot up with morphine twice and it only made me sick. Then I popped that first percocet......
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First follow up with surgeon today. Shows what he referred to as "lag screws" to hold this together. 7 total. Seemed to be very pleased with repair and has full confidence I can return to lifting weights and riding.

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any of that hardware titanium? Heal well................
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Got some metal too; also the result of not paying attention.
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any of that hardware titanium? Heal well................
Yep, all of it.
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wish you a speedy recovery.
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Quick update. Rode 26 today. Shoulder did pretty well. Some soreness toward the end. Back in the saddle!
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Quick update. Rode 26 today. Shoulder did pretty well. Some soreness toward the end. Back in the saddle!
Good to hear. Last summer I was hit and run over while out on my motorcycle. Spent time in both the hospital and then was placed in a convenient hospital for a while because I couldn't care for myself. My shoulder was one of the primary points of impact, and then my head and my knee. My clavicle was broken and shattered into several pieces and shoved up out over my shoulder. My scapula was also broken into several pieces. The auxiliary nerve was so damaged that my entire deltoid was completely paralyzed, and quickly wasted away. So yes, my shoulder was wasted. As soon a I regained my ability to walk somewhat, I immediately went on a little bike ride, and have been able to do a few nice ones since then. I've been regaining feeling and function of my shoulder little by little. It will never be right, and will always have some level of pain, but I'm just really happy that I can ride.
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OMG I should not have looked at this thread.....feeling queasey now.....

Glad it wasn't worse than this!
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Fractured clavicle is the badge of honor for bike riders, especially if you race. The good thing is that they usually heal nicely.
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A cyclist who will own up to responsibility, quite scarce. I commend you...
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Quick update. Rode 26 today. Shoulder did pretty well. Some soreness toward the end. Back in the saddle!
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