Today’s active lifestyles are generating a greater need for operative treatment to repair clavicle fractures. Traditional treatments for collarbone fractures, in particular, have had mixed results and typically long recuperative periods. Sonoma Orthopedic Products offers a novel fracture fixation device designed to minimize scarring and get you back to your life and work as quickly as possible.

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Dr. Whipple is a Board certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Whipple graduated from Princeton University, received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Virginia and completed residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University. He served as a flight surgeon in the US Navy, has been a member of the Board of Editors of six professional journals, has authored and edited several orthopedic textbooks and holds more than thirteen patents on other surgical instruments and implants.

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Clavicle and collar bone are synonymous terms. The word clavicle is derived from the Latin clavicula, which means “little key,” as the bone’s shape resembles an old Roman door key and rotates about its long axis during shoulder motion. The clavicle is an S-shaped bone that is one of three bones that comprise the shoulder girdle.

Laurie re-fractured her clavicle after her plate and screws were removed. Hear how her recovery with the Sonoma clavicle device compared to her initial surgery with the plate and screws.

Laurie C., Retired US Air Force Colonel
57 Years Old




What are the key differences in clavicle fixation?

The Sonoma CRx™ offers a least-invasive procedure to repair collarbone fractures without the hardware prominence associated with other treatment methods. The flexibility of the device allows it to conform to the natural curvature of the collarbone, and when activated, form a rigid construct that supports the bone from the inside for healing. An internal anchoring system and single screw secure the implant to the bone to ensure it stays in the correct position during healing. The entire procedure is done through very small incisions, preserving the surrounding soft tissues, minimizing scarring, and giving the greatest potential for a quick, less painful recovery.


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Carl Basamania, MD
1145 Broadway
Seattle, WA 981222
Phone: 206-329-1760

Ayaz Biviji, MD
Orange Orthopedic Medical Group, Inc.
1310 West Stewart Dr., Suite 510
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-538-8549

William Bowen, MD
Frank Howard Memorial
84 Madrone Street
Willits, CA 95490-4249

Nathan Ehmer, MD
Santa Rosa Orthpaedics
1405 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: 707-546-1922

John A Leblanc, DO
North Coast Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
4779 Valley East Boulevard
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-7870

Kai Mazur, MD
Santa Rosa Orthpaedics
1405 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: 707-546-1922

Kevin J Murphy, MD
Sports Medicine Oregon
7300 SW Childs Road, Suite B
Tigard, OR 97224

Eric Novack, MD
Phoenix Orthopaedic Consultants
5605 W. Eugie Ave. #111
Glendale, AZ 85304
18699 N. 67th Ave. #120
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 602-298-8888

Eric Puttler, MD
Rainier Orthopedic Institute
3801 5th Street South East
Pulyallup, WA 98374
Phone: 253-845-9585

Robert Tonks, MD
8010 Frost St
San Diego, CA 92123


Richard Levy, MD
Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Group
Parks Cities Medical Plaza
6901 Snider Plaza, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-369-7733

Steve Morgan, MD
Orthopaedic Associates of North Texas
1105 North Central Expressway
Suite 120
Medical Office Building I
Allen, TX 75013
Phone: 972-727-9995

Brian Forsythe, MD
Midwest Orthopaedic at Rush
Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road, ste 505
Winfield, IL 60190
Phone: (630) 339-2241

J. Scott Quinby, MD
North Texas Orthopaedic Specialists
3600 Gaston Ave., Suite 1101
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-820-7010

Richard Rhodes, MD
Fulcrum Orthopedics
7715 San Jacinto Place, Suite 200
Plano, Texas 75024-3215

Thomas Hackett, MD
The Steadman Clinic
181 West Meadow Dr., Ste 400
Vail, CO 81657
Phone: 970-476-1100

Michael Huang, MD
Audubon Medical Campus
3010 North Circle Drive Ste 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
719-632-7669 & 719-635-1525

N. Lindsay Harris, MD
Aspen Orthopaedic Associates
100 East Main Street, Suite 101
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-4141

Joseph Koscielniak Jr., MD
Orthopaedics, Inc. of Indiana
5587 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219-887-9506

John Speca, MD
Baptist Memorial Medical Group
1995 Hwy 51 S, Suite 203
Covington, TN 38019
Phone: 901-475-5422

Alexander Shin, MD
Mayo Clinic Orthopaedics
200 1st Street SW
Floor 14, Orthopaedics
Rochester, MN 55902
Phone: 507-284-8235

Kennan J Vance, DO
Western Orthopedic Sports Medicine
2020 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501


Christopher Doumas, MD
University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC
4810 Belmar Ave, Suite 102
Wall, NJ 07719

Tim Greene, MD
Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists
10 Valley Drive
Greenwich, CT
Phone: 203-869-1145

Stephen B Gunther, MD
Martha Jefferson Hospital Orthopedics
310 Old Ivy Way
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Michael J. Maynard, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
535 East 70th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-606-1587

Mathew Pombo, MD
The Sports Medicine & Orthopedic
Institute of Gwinnett
3855 Pleasant Hill Rd, Suite 470
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: 770-813-8888

Paul Sethi, MD
Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists
10 Valley Drive
Greenwich, CT
Phone: 203-869-1145

Katie Vadasdi, MD
Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists
10 Valley Drive
Greenwich, CT
Phone: 203-869-1145