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How Successful Is Surgery In The Treatment Of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Quite successful: Surgery to remove the first rib (or an extra rib, if there), and break up any fibrous bands of tissue is successful in relieving symptoms in up to 80% of patients. Additional treatment to widen blood vessels (angioplasty) or even bypass compressed blood vessels is sometimes necessary. Even with surgery, symptoms may recur in a small percentage of patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What forms of physical therapy or nonsurgical measures are most successful in treating thoracic outlet syndrome?
Is there a chance that surgery won't help neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome? If so how often does this happen?
Yes: Unfortunately, it is possible that it will not help but that goes for any surgery. The question is best answered by the surgeon himself. ...Read more
Possibly: As mentioned, surgery may be needed if conservative approaches fail. However, in my former rehab group, about 85% of tos pts responded fully to conservative measures, and never even saw a surgeon. Surgery would be critical if you have blood vessel compression especially associated with a cervical rib, and is often considered if pain is unremitting and associated with prog. Numb and weak hand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I may have started exercising too early after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and don't feel well with back an neck pain. What should I do?
Stop exercising...: I suggest you stop exercising, including weight control, at least for now, until you have the opportunity to follow-up with your surgeon. Your surgeon can give you the best idea as to when you can safely begin exercising again. You can apply ice or heat to the area (whichever feels better) and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the discomfort. But, if symptoms worsen, go to the ER for treatment! ...Read more
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