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First Rib Resection, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


hi guys, about a month ago i was admitted to a hospital for a week because i had been diagnosed with venous thoracic outlet syndrome. the surgeons tried to bust the clot but couldnt do so because the vein (in my left arm) is being pinched by my first rib and clavicle. so the next step is to remove the rib to eliminate the blocking, followed by six months of blood thinners. just wondering if anyone has gone through this or knows someone that has. i'm hoping someone has some advice to share and how its affected their lifting and physical activity, thanks in advanced