6 Steps to a Successful Shoulder Fracture Surgery
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Preparation Is Key to Success

Many shoulder fractures can heal without surgery, but if the bone is displaced or the break is severe, you may need surgical treatment. Shoulder fracture surgery will align and stabilize the broken bone or bones in your shoulder using pins, plates or screws. The thought of undergoing shoulder fracture surgery might be overwhelming. Here are some things you can do to help make your surgery a success.

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