Orthopedics Questions? Ask an Orthopedist for Answers ASAP
Hello, I'd be happy to help you.
How old are you and what city are you in?
It sounds like you got an X ray? How do you know it's fractured? Can you describe your injury?
The issue with going to Mexico would be if you have a displaced fracture and ultimately need surgery. I would not advise you to pursue this type of surgery in Mexico due to the possible long term effects you may have as a result of a botched surgery. I would apply here to see if you qualify for a free or significantly reduced surgery:
You may also consider reaching out to the clinic nearest to you to inquire about orthopedists who operate on uninsured patients:
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Your train of thought is on the right track. It all depends whether or not your collarbone is displaced. In fact, many clavicular fractures don't require any surgery at all and simply get better with a sling for 6-8 weeks or so. However, if you do need surgery it will also depend on how severe your right shoulder fracture is as well and whether that needs to be operated on. Obviously each surgeon charges a different amount but I would say the ball park is at least $30k. Also keep in mind that insurance companies have negotiated rates with different hospitals and doctors so that amount could be greatly reduced.
From what you're describing it is displaced but as you said it's very difficult to diagnose it without examining you and looking at the X ray. Yes, the pain will be lessing because the inflammatory response is subsiding and now it's healing even if displaced. To be honest, I don't know how the insurance side along with a lawyer's involvement all works itself out. Being that it's not your fault, your lawyer should do anything and everything to ensure that you are not stuck a significant out of pocket expense.
If you don't get the surgery for a while your shoulders will be misaligned and the right one will continue to be lower than the left. Additionally, you are more likely to to develop arthritis in your right shoulder along with rotator cuff issues in the future. You may also notice that you are not able to participate in the same activities/sports which are dependent on a stable shoulder.
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