Clavicular Gilet Versus Surgery

Clavicular Gilet Versus Surgery


Clavicular Gilet




Independence, Carry on training. Return to sport in approx 3-8 weeks.

Similar healing time. Return to sport in approx 3-8 weeks. Further downtime to remove plate.

Naturally lengthens a shortened collarbone to original length

Uses a metal plate to obtain original length

No scar


Removes pain as soon as fitted - minimal use of pain medication, no antibiotics

Medication and antibiotics

Possibility of resistance to wearing a close contact device

Possibility of plate rejection or failure

Stronger mending, less chance of complications if broken again

Risk of future impact causing a more difficult to treat fracture at one or either end of the plate

No need for general anaesthetic and potential side effects

Potential for rupturing blood vessel and bleed into the chest cavity (minimal risk)

No hospital stay - no risk of contracting infection

Possible infection into the chest cavity (minimal risk)

No need for surgery to remove the metal plate

Surgery to remove a metal plate and further convalescence 

Ability to get on with life during convalescence

6-8wks convalescence and potentially disrupting the plate