Frequently Asked Questions
What is surgery like with CRx?
The surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting, meaning you can return home after surgery. You will sleep through the surgery with general anesthesia.
CRx is implanted with the VELOX II surgical technique, which avoids cutting muscle and leaves the collarbone blood supply intact for faster healing. Patients are delighted with the quicker recovery, minimal scars and elimination of fracture pain.
The surgery is completed in four steps, and the entire procedure usually lasts approximately one hour.
- Your surgeon realigns your fractured bone.
- The CRx pin (sized to your collarbone) is inserted through a tiny incision into the curved center canal of the bone.
- Your surgeon “activates” the pin, causing the pin to become rigid and expanding grippers that that support and hold the bone in alignment for healing.
- A small screw is placed in the opposite end of the pin to secure it.
How long will rehabilitation take after surgery?
It is very common for patients to feel great shortly after surgery. The temptation is to return to all of their pre-fracture activities before giving their collarbone a chance to heal. However, it takes time for a fractured collarbone to heal. It is important that patients follow their surgeon's post-surgery activity instructions to ensure they allow their implant to hold the bone in place until it heals, without putting undue stress on the implant.
When will I be able to return to work?
Usually, patients are able to perform activities of daily living within the first few days after surgery or sooner. Many patients are able to return to non-labor intensive work within the first two weeks, although this can depend on many factors. In fact, some patients rehabilitate much faster.
Will my insurance cover this?
Most health insurance companies will reimburse for these procedures. CRx has been cleared by the FDA for collarbone fracture fixation.
Can CRx be removed? Why would I want it removed?
CRx removal is a result of surgeon or patient preference. Some patients do not like the idea of keeping a metal pin in their collarbone. If this is the case, CRx is designed to be easily removed as an outpatient surgical procedure. Most patients resume their normal activities the day after removal.
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