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Broken Rib Surgery
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Chronic third rib fracture with large callus under right shoulder blade. Painful grinding sensation when I move my shoulder. Will this need surgery?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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