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Thoracic outlet decompression surgery

Thoracic outlet decompression is a syndrome which causes hand and arm pain and movement problems due to pressure against the nerves or blood vessels.

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.

Specialists offering Thoracic outlet decompression surgery

Mr Mohammad Waseem

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS Bsc MD FRCS FRCS TR&Orth

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Arvind Mohan

Consultant Orthopaedic & Upper Limb Surgeon

MBBS, MS(Ortho), DipSEM(UK), FRCS (Tr & Ortho)

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Prof Andrew Hart

Consultant Plastic & Hand Surgeon

MBChB, BSc(Hons 1st Class), MRCS, AFRCS, MD(Honours), PhD, FRCS(Plast)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Makaram Srinivasan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), DNB (Orth), FRCS, M.Ch (Orth)

BMI The Highfield Hospital 2 more BMI The Beardwood Hospital BMI The Lancaster Hospital

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Mr Kunal Hinduja

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB MRCS FRCS Orth.MSc

BMI The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Dimitri Yanni

Consultant Orthopaedic & Hand Surgeon

MB,BS London – Guy’s, FRCS (England), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS Orthopaedic

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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