Surgical Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Surgical Treatment

The Division of Thoracic Surgery believes that neurogenic TOS does exist, and that some patients with TOS require surgery for relief of their symptoms. All patients with neurogenic TOS are first prescribed physical therapy to increase motion in the neck and shoulders, strengthen muscles, and improve posture. Only those whose severe symptoms persist after physical therapy are considered eligible for surgery.

We favor a video-assisted, minimally-invasive approach that affords complete visualization and enables us to reduce the size of the incision. Our long term success rate with this approach is greater than 90%. The most common postoperative complaint is numbness on the inner part of the arm, which tends to subside over time.

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