Simple, minimally invasive surgical technique for treatment of type 2 fractures of the distal clavicle

Neer type 2 fractures of the distal clavicle have a high rate of nonunion and delayed union. A simple, minimally invasive surgical technique using suture fixation is introduced. In this series 12 patients were treated with suture fixation of this fracture with absorbable suture material, resulting in union of all fractures. There was a rapid return to function and no complications. This technique allows simple, minimally invasive fixation with good fracture healing and early return to work and sports.

(J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2003;12:24-28)