In lieu of weeknotes, this week the nice people in the NHS are going to properly mend my collar bone. They will fit a titanium plate in my shoulder to hold the pieces of my left clavicle together. The plates look quite cool I think.
Image copyright Acumed LLC
I'll have a general anaesthetic while they fit the plate and it should be day surgery, this article in the Daily Mail of all places is pretty close to what I've read. This page of notes about clavicle fractures is a little out of date, but it was a real help a few weeks ago. All the cycling websites I've read say that this is the best long term outcome treatment, so I'm fairly happy about the whole thing, wikipedia agrees, too. Though I am staying away from the videos and the more gory pictures, however this animation is helpful (quicktime download). The eventual scar looks ok too.
I'll update this post as I know more.
I had the surgery, yesterday, feeling a bit sore today, but mostly ok. The plate was an acumed one in blue in fact. Mr Goldie at Whipps Cross was excellent. They had to take a bone graft from my hip to promote healing and union of the clavicle. If you are curious as to how my shoulder looks, see Flickr.