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How do you treat a flail chest?
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Surgery
Evidence is mounting that fixing the ribs broken in a flail chest helps significantly.
Pulmonary support is also key.

In brief: Surgery
Evidence is mounting that fixing the ribs broken in a flail chest helps significantly.
Pulmonary support is also key.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
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In brief: Flail chest tx
Flail segments reference a patch of ribs that are broken in two places each; the disconnected or flail segment can and does move opposite to the rest of the chest wall.
Flail segments occur with significant trauma to the chest wall and are often associated with additional chest and lung injuries that are life threatening such as contusions and hemothorax, and pneumothorax.

In brief: Flail chest tx
Flail segments reference a patch of ribs that are broken in two places each; the disconnected or flail segment can and does move opposite to the rest of the chest wall.
Flail segments occur with significant trauma to the chest wall and are often associated with additional chest and lung injuries that are life threatening such as contusions and hemothorax, and pneumothorax.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Respiratory therapy
Flail chest is severe disruption of the chest wall.
To provide enoughe oxygen, the patient must receive respiratory therapy. This includes deep breathing, coughing, chest pt, and pain control.

In brief: Respiratory therapy
Flail chest is severe disruption of the chest wall.
To provide enoughe oxygen, the patient must receive respiratory therapy. This includes deep breathing, coughing, chest pt, and pain control.
Dr. Dominick Artuso
Dr. Dominick Artuso
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Dr. Evert Eriksson
Newer advances include rib fixation however this has not been proven to be clearly helpful. A limited number of surgeons are offering this surgery at this time.
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