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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Surgery Recovery
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?
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
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
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
Caution: Surgery is done to relieve pain. "Long term pain" is probably referring to failure of the surgery to relieve the pain of TOS. TOS is complicated. Vascular TOS needs surgery. Neurogenic TOS should only have surgery after ALL CONSERVATIVE therapy has failed. The surgery is not always successful. Your thoracic outlet is filled with nerves, blood vessels and muscles: serious complications can occur! ...Read more
Big Operation: Surgical treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome is a major operation that involves resecting the first rib and potentially major vascular repair. Results are usually good if there is vascular compromise and variable if impairment is neurologic. If the condition can be controlled with non-surgical measures, avoiding surgery is preferable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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
Exercise generally targeted at strengthening the shoulder girdle, improving posture and improving range of motion.
Also depends on whether the surgery was for vascular or neurogenic complaints. The recovery after surgery for vascular compression is much quicker than when the problem was neurologic symptoms ...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
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