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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Surgery Complications
Physical therapy: Slowly increasing your movements, your range of motion, and slowly increase your strength training. ...Read more
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Depend on surgery: It really depend on why a patient had surgery most of thoracic outlet syndrome cases does not required surgery specially the neurogenic because the outcome is not very encouraging the only time surgery is warranted if the presence of the cervical rib or the space between the rib and the clavicle is narrower from previous accident or fracture and that cause pressure against mostly blood vessel ...Read more
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
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
Depends on how much: Weight you are contemplating. Usually heavy lifting is restricted for at least 6 months ...Read more
Can you have a thoracic outlet syndrome surgery performed bilaterally in the same session? Any recommendations for me?
Will I be able to return to weightlifting after recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?
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
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 more
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Maybe: Before surgery, one should do everything they can to reconstitute the muscle and skeletal systems of the shoulder. My clinical findings implicate weakened muscles that hold up the shoulder and keep the collar bone from collapsing toward the first rib; thereby constricting the space between these two bones. Trapezius muscle strength is of utmost concern, and a good physical therapist can help. ...Read more
Yes: You should have a full recovery yet it may take 6 months before you can start up again. Start slow and light ...Read more
Improvement: You, the cause, the surgeon and the surgery, as well as chance (complications or not) determine any surgical result. What you can control in terms of optimizing your outcome is to follow instructions, including notifying your doc of any unexpected symptoms. Eat properly, get plenty of rest. Worrying too much impacts health and recovery. Relax, allow time to heal. See http://tinyurl. Com/ozj9str ...Read more
Varies: Paul, docs can only give a prediction, not a guarantee, about the goals of any treatment. You and your surgeon felt surgery was a better option than not having surgery. Everybody responds differently to surgery but the goal is improvement. After all, if we wanted to hurt people for a living we could have gone to law school or been bankers. Talk to your surgeon again about your concerns. ...Read more
How long does it usually take to feel better after surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?
May take time: Expect the healing process to last sometimes up to 6-12 months. ...Read more
Does surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome have good results? Do people return to normal activity?
Is there a chance that surgery won't help neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome? If so how often does this happen?
Having a hard time finding any success stories for people who have had a rib resected for thoracic outlet syndrome. Does this surgery work?
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
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
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
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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