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Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
21 years in practice
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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?

Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
21 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
210K people helped
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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
210K people helped
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. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
6M people helped
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Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
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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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Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea
Board Certified, Pain Management
15 years in practice
379K people helped
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Is surgery needed for thoracic outlet syndrome due to a first rib fracture?

Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea
Board Certified, Pain Management
15 years in practice
379K people helped
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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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Sean Kearney
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10K people helped
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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?

Dr. Sean Kearney
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10K people helped
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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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
192K people helped
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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
192K people helped
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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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
210K people helped
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Can you get a broken rib from falling backwards?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
210K people helped

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 more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
32M people helped
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How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

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 more

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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
192K people helped
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My friend got in a car crash and got a broken rib and broken leg. When can he come home?

Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
192K people helped
My friend got in a car crash and got a broken rib and broken leg. When can he come home?

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 more

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Dr. David Tuckman
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
400K people helped
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What can a doctor do about a broken rib? I've not heard of a "cast" for rib fractures.

Dr. David Tuckman
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
400K people helped

Give it time: There is no specific treatment required for a broken rib. These heal in approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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