Not sure what your question is. If it was about the specific surgery, then I don't remember exactly what they were going to do. I was using "pin" as a place holder for whatever bits of metal they intended to put in me. What I do remember was being told the surgery would be long (2-4 hours? I can't remember), involve incision at the hip to get live bone, a lot stripping of muscle, tons of possible side effects, months of recovery etc etc. "Do you take the pins out?" "Only if they get infected" <shudder> I asked why do the surgery at all, and he replied "to reduce pain and discomfort". But I wasn't suffering any pain and little discomfort and I had talked to a private surgeon who said that in my case, he'd leave it alone. I checked, and I can have the surgery in the future, and it will be the same procedure whenever. The bone ends are already fused. This doesn't apply to everyone, and the surgeon who told me not to get the operation operates on clavicles every day, just not breaks like mine. For the record, mine was a nice clean snap, mid clavicle. Text book. About as nice as a broken clavicle can be except for it not healing.