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Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 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?

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. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10 years in practice
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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. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
48 years in practice
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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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Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea
Board Certified, Pain Management
14 years in practice
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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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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
13 years in practice
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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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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10 years in practice
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Can you get a broken rib from falling backwards?

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
46 years in practice
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How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

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
13 years in practice
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My friend got in a car crash and got a broken rib and broken leg. When can he come home?

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
17 years in practice
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What can a doctor do about a broken rib? I've not heard of a "cast" for rib fractures.

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. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Board Certified, Family Medicine
22 years in practice
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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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