Originally Posted by One Less Harley
I'm sure it's quicker to drill and screw. and something like some sort of "hose" clamp would have more area for tissue (muscles, tendons) to rub against and cause pain and inflammation..i.e. long term problems. There will be an area of excess material at the hose clamp where it is tightened up.
Screws and plate help to stabilize the fracture and keep the ends from twisting or slipping apart. Live bone is pretty slippery.