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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

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 more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more


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Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Not if it is an est-: -ablished non union. It will help in the future but may need surgery this time. Get evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes : I would wonder about scar tissue formation causing irritation in pain. Best to talk to your surgeon regarding this. Best of luck with this Dr. R ...Read more

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Is surgery needed for thoracic outlet syndrome due to a first rib fracture?

Is surgery needed for thoracic outlet syndrome due to a first rib fracture?

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 more

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Chronic third rib fracture with large callus under right shoulder blade. Painful grinding sensation when I move my shoulder. Will this need surgery?

Chronic third rib fracture with large callus under right shoulder blade. Painful grinding sensation when I move my shoulder. Will this need surgery?

Grinding scapula: If there is persistent grinding and snapping under the scapula, you might want to consider surgery for this condition called snapping scapula syndrome. The inflammation and bone from the rib fracture can be removed, potentially eliminating your symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you heal a broken rib?

How do you heal a broken rib?

Time: All broken bones heal with time usually. A high calcium diet may help speed things up if you're deficient, but ultimately, time is the only cure. ...Read more

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How can a broken rib be fixed?

How can a broken rib be fixed?

Tincture of time: A simple rib fracture is usually allowed to heal on its' own. A more complex fracture that has injured underlying lung may require surgical reduction but that is unusual. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

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 more

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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

How do you know if you have a broken rib?

Xray: The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray. This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib in athlete?

Pain in the chest: Usually after a blow to the chest and accompanied by pain at the site of injury, pain on breathing, and pain when you push on the breastbone. A chest xray may be needed after an exam by a physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: broken rib?

Broken/fractured: A rib is a bone & any loss of continuity of the cortex is a break or fracture. ...Read more

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I think I may have broken a rib. How do you treat a broken rib ?

Let it heal: You need an evaluation it to be certain you have not had any injury to the underlying lung. Use the supportive. therapy, sometimes a nerve block to help manage the pain can be done ...Read more

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Tried and true pain medicine for broken rib?

Tried and true pain medicine for broken rib?

Depends: People have different levels of pain tolerance. Where one person only needs Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) other people require significant levels of narcotics in order to function. ...Read more

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What does the ER do for a broken rib?

What does the ER do for a broken rib?

Broken rib: It depends on whether the rib is broken in just one place or multiple, and whether adjacent ribs are injured as well. The range of therapy is from anti inflammatory and pain medications to wrapping, to intercostal block for pain, and least likely, surgical intervention for stabilization. ...Read more

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I have a broken rib cracked rib or what?

Medical evaluation: Self- diagnosis is not a good approach. Medical history, xray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

No.: Not necessary, but if your symptoms persist or you feel short of breath, you may benefit from an xray. ...Read more

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I have broken rib cracked rib or what, what to do?

I have broken rib cracked rib or what, what to do?

Time...: Broken ribs are painful. Try taking a NSAID and if not helping your physician can prescribe stronger meds.Immobilization of the ribs is difficult and generally not helpful and potentially counterproductive( rib belts etc). Usually after 2-3 weeks enough callus has formed that the pain subsides tremendously, although healing takes6-8 wks.Try to avoid getting a cold... Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

Not emergent: If you think it's just a bruise, you will probably be ok, but if you think it might be more, you should get it looked at. ...Read more

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Will a broken rib under the shoulder blade cause problems?

Will a broken rib under the shoulder blade cause problems?

Not usually: Should be ok once it heals unless there is displacement or healing reaction causing protrusion into the shoulder blade/chest wall space resulting in bursal irritation when you elevate your arm on the same side. ...Read more