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Broken Rib Surgery
Had first rib removal surgery for a broken rib and now I'm having sharp pains in right shoulder (same side) under collar bone. could it be related?
Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Surgical interventio: If there is evidence of SEVERE vessel compromise which cuts off the circulation to your arm (rare cases patients can see severe discoloration to the digits-nearly gangrene appearance), then a vascular surgeon will operate. Otherwise, they will want you to complete a course of PT with strengthening of your shoulder girdle muscles before going to more aggressive measures. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two. Most heal on their own without surgery, but it appears that multiple broken ribs that affect breathing do better when fixed with modern plate and screw devices. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Usually not: Most broken ribs are minimally displaced and are treated with taping to minimize movement and discharge home from the er with anti-pain medication. Rarely a broken rib is significantly displaced and can threaten to puncture lung or its linings and that may generate a hospital admission. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Depends...: If he requires surgery for his leg, that would increase his length of stay compared to if he just got a cast. Once his fractures are dealt with, and there are no other health issues going on, pain control will be the limiting factor for being able to go home. ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
Rest: Rib injuries are pretty common in karate and MMA. Initially you may want to ice the sore ribs for 20 min at a time the first 3 days - most important time is right after the injury to limit swelling and bleeding. After that, it just takes time. We no longer recommend wrapping the chest with compression wraps because it will prevent you from taking full breaths and increase your risk of pneumonia ...Read moreCall on a doctor now ›
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