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How do you treat multiple rib fractures?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Let me help

In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months.
Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid lung complications, such as pneumonia.Good luck, thank you.

In brief: Let me help

In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months.
Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid lung complications, such as pneumonia.Good luck, thank you.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Thank
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.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Thank
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