ORIF of Clavicle Frx: Incision and Exposure:      

- Technique:
    - 5 cm incision is made over the fracture site, in a direction perpendicular to the platysma fibers;
    - incise thru the platysma muscle with care to avoid the underlying supra-clavicular nerve;
    - mobilize the supraclavicular nerve if it is found;
    - mobilize the full thickness flaps to better expose the fracture;
    - apply combination of self retaining retractors;

- Hazards:
     - the supra-clavicular nerve lies immediately deep to the platysma muscle;

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:31 pm