Sorry to hear about the trouble that you are having. I was a 30 yo female at the time I fell off a horse in May 2004 and decided to straight away have my collarbone plated and screwed with 7 screws. The break was bad - right in the middle of the bone and the two ends of the bone were overlapping in the middle by about an inch or more. Ortho surgeon advised me to have the suregery as otherwise the shoulder would drop and be brought forward more than the other one if left to heal on its own. I had surgery, then after about 5 months found out that it wasn't joining, and had to have the wound reopened and a bone graft taken from my hip. Now after all this time, I finally had my last xray last week and it has joined together. The plate and screws irritates me - especially as it is my right side and where I wear a seatbelt (in Australia), it aches sometimes and feels "stiff" and it is cold in winter. Anyway, I just wanted to sympathise with you over your scar too - because that is hard to deal with as a woman - looking at it every day - deciding what you will and won't wear because of it etc. My scar is 10cm (3-4 inches) long and after being opened already twice - it is thicker than just a line. I have decided for now not to have the plate and screws removed because I don't want another operation and to go through the healing process with the skin again. The skin in that whole area has become very sensitive and now allergic to sticky plasters etc. Unfortunately most of the healing done by skin is due to your 'genetics' and I have tried so many different creams - and they haven't really done anything. I was lucky that my plate didn't break at the time during when I had non-union. Currently, I have been told that if I fall on that side again with the plate in place, the collarbone would break at either end. Good luck with yours - I know how difficult it is and the aching pain that seems to stay with you. I won't know until the plate and screws are removed - if I ever decide to do that - what it will feel like again in the future.