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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 moreGet help from 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 moreGet help from 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 moreGet help from 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 moreGet help from 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 moreGet help from 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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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