Anyone ever broken their collarbone, had it plated, and then had the plate removed? I have plates on both collarbones, and as I get older and wiser and (a little bit) more cautious I've started to become a little wary of "what if I break my collarbone again?" When I asked that question to the surgeon when I got my first plate put in (2011), he just kinda looked at me funny and said "yeah, definitely don't do that." (And then explained that the plate is flexible and would bend, so the collarbone is not structurally-reinforced or anything.) My understanding is that the plates can either stay in forever or come out; they shouldn't (and currently don't) cause any problems but the bone's structural integrity also doesn't rely on it. I also know that if the plates and screws are removed, I would have to go through the typical 6-8wk bone heal time to let the clavicles fill in the screw-holes. The only reason I'm thinking about taking it out is fear of the what-if, because I definitely plan to continue racing and if there's one thing we know it's that racers break collarbones... and I imagine a plated clavicle break to be at the very best an extremely unpleasant experience and, at the worst, potentially life-threatening with loose sharp steel bits near very important parts of the body. Anyone looked into, or done, this already?