Biomechanical Evaluation of a Pre-contoured Clavicle Plate: Publication Excerpt: “Our study comparing the in-vitro biomechanical properties of a precontoured clavicle plate and 3.5-mm stainless steel LCDC plate using a cadaveric osteotomy model found no post-plating differences between the 2 plate types in the 4 modes tested. The precontoured clavicle plate may afford several potential advantages. It has the anatomic shape of the natural clavicle and, with available right and left clavicle fittings, may decrease operative time. With a lower profile and round ends, compared to the 3.5 mm LCDC plate, greater cosmesis and patient tolerance of the plate are possible. The lower modulus of elasticity of titanium compared to stainless steel may lead to less stress shielding. Further clinical investigations are necessary to evaluate the efficacy and any realized benefits of the Acumed clavicle plate.”
Nonoperative Treatment Compared With Plate Fixation of Displaced Midshaft Clavicular Fractures: Publication Excerpt: “Operative fixation of a displaced fracture of the clavicular shaft results in improved functional outcome and a lower rate of malunion and nonunion compared with nonoperative treatment at one year of follow-up. Hardware removal remains the most common reason for repeat intervention in the operative group. This study supports primary plate fixation of completely displaced midshaft clavicular fractures in active adult patients.”
Evaluation of Prominence of Straight Plates and Precontoured Clavicle Plates Using Automated Plate to Bone Alignment: Publication Excerpt: “There are significant[ly] more bad fits with the straight plates compared to the precontoured plates in group A (p < 0.001), B (p = 0.004) and C (p < 0.001). There is no statistical difference between the number of bad fits between precontoured plates in group A (p = 1.000) and C (p = 0.695)."