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Weeks 25-26: Broken Collarbone, Surgery Required

July 8th, 2018 at 12:55 am

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about falling off a motorbike and having a sore shoulder. I simply thought it was bad bruising, a soft tissue injury, however have found out that it was a broken collarbone which completely snapped in two and separated about 2cms apart!!

I really have not been in a lot of pain so it was all very surprising. It was also why we didn't go to emergency and get it all fixed straight away.

As I'm not in a lot of pain the public healthcare system hasn't put priority on my injury. The doctor referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon but said as long as the appointment is within 3 weeks that will be fine. The surgeon he referred me to wasn't available until 24 July and my nurse friend told me that is way too far away: I'm at risk of a worse fracture or it healing up wrong, needing surgery and requiring it to be re-broken in the process. Ugh.

I found a reputable surgeon who was available four days later and saw me last Tuesday. He strongly suggested surgery (joining both bones up with a plate and 3-4 screws).. I don't want it however he has said that it will take 4-6 months to heal with no guarantee of the collarbone rejoining, so then surgery would be required anyway. Therefore I have agreed to have the surgery, which takes place tomorrow morning.

It could have been a day surgery but the surgeon said to stay overnight does not cost much more and it is better to be monitored on the first day so I can get appropriate pain meds. Also it is an hour's drive from home so could be a very rough journey home straight after a surgery.

We are using our private health insurance for this as it is a time-sensitive issue. So far these are the costings:

Physio $105
X-ray $113
Orthopaedic surgeon consultation $110 ($200 - $90 refundable back from Medicare)
Orthopaedic surgeon surgery fee $1435 ($2158 - $723 refundable back from Medicare and private health ins)
Anaesthetist estimated surgery fee $750
Private health ins excess for hospital (surgery & staying there afterwards) $500 (private health ins then pays whatever the balance is)

TOTAL: $3013

I spent this weekend getting our finances up to date and have found that we had a surplus last month of $2109 so there will not be much to pay for out of this month's spending money and there is no need to dip into savings (yay!!)

I have been instructed to take a week off work on sick leave to recover, and B is taking two days off to take me to the hospital, be there during the surgery and look after me the next day when he brings me home. He has looked after me so well since the accident Smile.

Wish me luck!! Will let you know how it goes when I am able.

14 Responses to “Weeks 25-26: Broken Collarbone, Surgery Required”

  1. Wink Says:

    Wishing you a successful surgery and recovery!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Wishing you well VS!

  3. Carol Says:

    Sending caring thoughts!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Oh my goodness! I do understand how you can ignore an injury like that. When my appendix ruptured I didn't go to the hospital for two days! It just didn't hurt that much. I thought it was flu!

    Take care and get well soon!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Oh my! What a story. Hope it all goes well.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks everyone!!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, wow. I hope everything goes smoothly for the surgery.

  8. shiela Says:

    Oh man. Glad it is getting sorted soon.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry you have been injured! Hope your surgery and recovery go well.

  10. bluesfemme Says:

    What an eventful year you are having. Best of luck for a speedy recovery and less tumultuous times!

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Hope your surgery went well!

  12. monkeymama Says:

    I hope all went well!

  13. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks everyone!! All went well, recovery is going well.

  14. tabs Says:

    Glad to hear it. Wish you a speedy recovery!

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