Thanks for the thoughts all! I know there are pro's & con's to it and that each case will be different, so yeah think it's probably best I toddle off to see a specialist & see what they think.
It's small things like if I notice I'm sitting badly at my desk, sitting up straight & pulling my shoulders back will give me a sharp pain. As I said I can't do push-ups because it feels like the metwork will burst out of my shoulder, backpacks can rub it the wrong way, I can't really sleep on that side anymore etc. As I said nothing that stops me from doing anything in day-to-day life, but enough little irritations that I'd like to at least ask the question, and now that it's coming up to off season if I do go that way it's the best time to do it so have lots of time to recover.
I had read the bone will be weaker while the holes fill back in, but it's more breaking it again that would bother me as I live on my own & my family is back in Aus so it would make life difficult. When I had the accident originally I was very lucky my sister was in a position to fly over from Aus & look after me (as it was more than just a broken collarbone then - I'd broken my whole shoulder blade off as well so I wasn't allowed to move my arm at all and had also punctured a lung & had a chest tube etc, so was pretty battered from the accident & multiple surgeries etc), but I wouldn't get that luxury this time!
Just wondering if anyone has had metalwork installed to knit a bone back together (in particular a collarbone) and had it removed at a later date?
I mauled my collarbone in April 2012 & ended up with a plate and 8 screws and was told unless it particularly annoyed me that it would forever there remain. I wouldn't say it stopped me from doing anything in day-to-day life (except push-ups but no great loss there ) but it annoys me enough to consider it & seeing as it's coming up to off-season would be a good time to do it (plus I've already paid my medical insurance excess for this year so may as well make the most of that!).
So just wondering if anyone else has been in this situation and what the removal involved (if they have to break it again I'd be more hesitant) and whether you felt it was better with or without the metalwork?
It has always worried me if I had another bingle on the bike, not about breaking the collarbone as obviously that would stay together fairly well, but the forces that would normally break the collarbone would be deflected somewhere else and it worries me where that somewhere else would be & what it would do!
decadave - You finished am IM with a broken collarbone?!?! Hats off to you sir, you need no further training or encouragement!!!!! Except for maybe encouraging you to have another full english breakfast in T1 this weekend