Elbow & Shoulder

Clavicle Open Reduction & Internal Fixation

An open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a surgical procedure which is performed to repair a clavicle injury with the use of screws and plates.

About Clavicle Open Reduction & Internal Fixation

In general, clavicle ORIF surgery is often an urgent type of surgery for trauma related injuries.

Signs & Symptoms

The surgery is usually performed to help reduce pain and restore mobility by helping the bone heal in the right position. An ORIF allows early rehabilitation.

A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith normally requires an x-ray or CT of your clavicle for diagnosis.

Treatment Options

Risks & Concerns

Risks and Side Effects from ORIF Surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  • Risk of anaesthetic
  • Recurrence
  • Metalwork failure or complications
  • Blood clot
  • Reduced or lost mobility
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon or ligament damage

If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. A/Prof. Lawson-Smith’s staff with ensure that A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.

If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.


A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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