Thoracic Outlet Decompression Surgery

What is thoracic outlet decompression surgery?

The thoracic outlet decompression surgery is a surgical procedure for a syndrome characterised by the compression of the nerves that supply the hand and the arm. 

What is thoracic outlet decompression?

It is a syndrome which can cause various pain and movement problems to the hand and arm due to pressure against the nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet. The thoracic outlet is located behind and below the collarbone.

What are common thoracic outlet decompression symptoms?

Symptoms for this condition include:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Weakness (especially when carrying heavy bags or working with the hands at shoulder level or above)

How can this condition be treated?

A main treatment option for this condition is surgery. Thoracic outlet decompression surgery involves exploration of the root of the neck and excision of compressive structures. It results in symptom relief, and stops progression.

Are there any risks involved in this procedure?

Due to the difficulty of this surgery, your surgeon will detail the risks and chance of success associated with it.

 

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