Can pregnancy contribute to thoracic outlet syndrome?

Don't think so. Pregnancy doesn't cause this condition but your symptoms could worsen during pregnancy.
No . You need to have an extra first rib to have thoracic outlet syndrome but if you have it the pressure on the thorax may exacerbate symptoms if far along in pregnancy.

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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...

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...
Depends. First, in my experience, 85% of all confirmed TOS cases respond to conservative measures if given sufficient time, and best approach is Feldenkreis techniques. The remainder may benefit from surgery, but need to find experienced and skilled surgeon. This is NOT a surgery for the novice! Success rate is at least 92-93% if pt has confirmed diagnosis. Read more...
Iffy. My opinion: idea that scalene muscles etiologic is unproven theory & surgical attempts to correct this are doomed. Idea that narrow costoclavicular dimension, CD, is etiologic is correct & proven w. Subclavian artery Doppler & Addson's. Surgical attempts to lower first rib, "floor" of CD, is worthy, but iffy. Better to use shrug exercises to elevate clavicle, the "ceiling". Physical therapy wins! Read more...

Is thoracic outlet syndrome surgery a major surgery?

Yes. It usually involves first and/or cervical rib resection. What makes the surgery major at this point is extent of nerve or vascular compression that patient presents with that will determine further surgical approaches. Read more...
Yes. All surgery is major, to one degree or another. Most of the risk can be reduced with preparation, so the experience of the surgeon is important. You do want someone who pays attention to details, and does not treat this like an assembly line procedure. Talk to the operating surgeon and ask questions. 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...