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How risky is surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

How risky is surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

Somewhat: Risks include: injury to arteries and veins injury to the nerve failure to accomplish goals of therapy pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

A condition were the first rib or an extra rib causes compression between the clavicle and the rib of any one of the following three subclavian artery, ...Read more


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Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Yes: 20y seeks non-operative therapy of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Neurovascular bundle impingement occurs in costo-clavicular dimension, the true Thoracic Outlet. Impingement is due to irregular clavicle motion w. abduction; caused by abnormal superior trapezius, ST, function; via ST overdeveloped or underdeveloped relative to muscles of inferior scapular draw, i.e., "crossed muscles". See a wise P.T. ...Read more

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Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome curative?

Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome curative?

Type of TOS?: Patients with cervical rib, arterial TOS, or Venous TOS may require surgery. Only about 10-15% of patients with symptomatic TOS come to surgery. Success rate somewhere in the 90% range for appropriately chosen patients. Most patients respond to therapy and/or medications. ...Read more

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How major is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

How major is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Yes: I think any surgery is major and when it comes to thoracic outlet syndrome, surgery is not common and is typically last resort as they try physical therapy and other modalities first, but there are many causes of thoracic outlet syndrome so it depends on what is obstructing that needs to be moved or repaired or removed. Ask your vascular surgeon for specifics on your case. ...Read more

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Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome unreliable?

TOS: TOS is combinations of many problems in a complex anatomic location. There are so simple diagnostics or solutions. If properly diagnosed, AND non surgical therapies like PT fail to improve the symptoms, then surgery with an experienced TOS surgeon can be both therapeutic and reliable. Take friend with you to appointments and therapy. Be well. ...Read more

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Is thoracic outlet syndrome surgery a major surgery?

Is thoracic outlet syndrome surgery a major surgery?

Yes: This is a relatively rare operation that should be done by someone with experience. Results are best when the compression is of an artery or vein, less good for nerve compression. Complications include failure of surgery, damage to nerves and blood vessels to arm, nerve to diaphragm or shoulder muscles and "pneumothorax" (air in the chest). Helpful for the right indications, EXPERIENCE IS KEY ...Read more

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Can surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome make you worse?

Can surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome make you worse?

Tos: You should ask benefits vs risks to the surgeon. This is not a minor surgery and yes I have seen failed surgery with increased problems. U should be absolutely sure what u are undergoing this surgery fot ...Read more

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Can surgery actually make thoracic outlet syndrome worse?

Can surgery actually make thoracic outlet syndrome worse?

Yes: THis is usually true when it involves nerve compression rather than compression of blood vessels. Nerves can be damaged during surgery or scarring can compress nerves. This can happen in a small but real minority of persons. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?

What is the prognosis of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?

Good but: usually surgery is the last thing you want to do for thoracic outlet syndrome because it is simple surgery but it could end up with an open chest and tubes in the chest and the recovery take a long time but the result are usually good if you need one get a second opinion and get done by a thoracic surgeon good luck ...Read more