Distal Clavicle Fractures: Open Reduction and Internal Fixation With a Hook Plate

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Abstract

Summary:

Displaced distal clavicle fractures pose unique challenges because of their propensity for instability. In particular, type II fracture patterns are associated with high rates of nonunion with nonoperative management; therefore, surgical fixation is often recommended. Hook plate fixation has demonstrated reliably high rates of osseous union with good functional outcomes. We present our surgical technique and rationale for using a hook plate in the setting of an unstable distal clavicle fracture.

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