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I fell and hurt my ribs and it hurts bad. What can you do?
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Depends
Rib fractures are often overlooked and patients do worse without surgery on certain rib fracture patterns.
Multiple consecutive rib fractures can lead to altered breathing, severe pain, and inability to return to work. Multiple rib fractures leading to flail chest absolutely benefit from surgery. Other patterns appear to benefit as well.

In brief: Depends
Rib fractures are often overlooked and patients do worse without surgery on certain rib fracture patterns.
Multiple consecutive rib fractures can lead to altered breathing, severe pain, and inability to return to work. Multiple rib fractures leading to flail chest absolutely benefit from surgery. Other patterns appear to benefit as well.
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