Results of pre-contoured titanium anterior plating of midshaft clavicle fractures

Luis M. Salazar, Riikka E. Koso, David A. Momtaz, Anil K. Dutta

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Background: Plating midshaft clavicle fractures anteriorly is gaining popularity because of low complication rates. Improvements in plate fixation constructs for midshaft clavicle fractures have unclear clinical significance. The purpose of this study was to present the early clinical and radiographic outcomes of pre-contoured titanium anterior plates for the treatment of midshaft clavicle fractures. Methods: Skeletally mature patients who underwent plate fixation of a midshaft clavicular fracture from 2008 to 2015 using pre-contoured titanium anterior plates were included in this retrospective investigation. The primary outcome measures were union rate and hardware removal rate. The secondary outcome measures included reoperation for all causes and mechanical implant failure. Results: A total of 26 patients were included. Complete healing occurred in 96% of patients without further surgical intervention, and all patients achieved union. Medical complications occurred in 2 patients (7.7%), consisting of cellulitis (n = 1) and chronic pain (n = 1). In 1 patient (3.8%), delayed union occurred and the use of a bone stimulator was required postoperatively to achieve union. Finally, 2 patients (7.7%) had symptomatic implants that required removal. Conclusions: In the acute fracture setting, the anterior plating system used in this study led to a high rate of union with decreased rates of implant irritation. Only 7.7% of patients required hardware removal for symptomatic hardware, as opposed to the estimated 20%-60% reported in the literature in patients with symptomatic superior clavicle plates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of shoulder and elbow surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022


  • Case Series
  • Clavicle
  • Level IV
  • Treatment Study
  • anterior plating
  • complications
  • fractures
  • hardware failure
  • hardware retention
  • pre-contoured titanium plate
  • superior plating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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