Originally Posted by heybro
So supraclavicular is reparing blood vessels and transaxillary is removing the ribs, which can be full scalenectomy (the whole rib) or partial (just some of the rib)?
Full is better because the knub of the rib can later rub, right?
am I following right?
These links may help you follow better:
Partial rib resections are not desirable regardless of the approach as they have been shown to increase the chance of recurrence due to scarring/adhesions. So make sure your surgeon is planning to remove the entire rib from sternum to spine.
Once you have chosen a surgeon, it is best not to get hung up on transaxillary vs supraclavicular approach as there are pros and cons to each and each surgeon has a preference based on experience. It is fine to ask why they prefer a particular approach and specifically what the plan for your surgery is.