Originally Posted by EthanC
The short story is, two years ago I was at work (auto technician) taking a transmission out of an audi. I was working over my head all day and it resulted in a blood clot in my left shoulder. After dissolving the clot the surgeon told me that I had to have my first rib removed or the clot would return. Since the surgery I have had constant pain when moving, lifting, or using my left arm in anyway. I have been to doctors all over New England but none have been able to help. I have heard that first rib resections often cause long term problems. I am just wondering if others have had the same problems.
Its sounds like your surgery did go wrong. Surgeries for vascular TOS are highly successful. It sounds like your surgeon may have injured your brachial plexus, left scalene muscles that have reattached where they are causing problems, or you could have scar tissue/adhesions compromising your plexus. You may need to travel to find a TOS expert with experience in fixing other's mistakes.
I have heard good things about
Dean Michael Donahue, MD - http://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=16342
Julie A. Freischlag, M.D. - http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/surge...lty/Freischlag
Dr. Charles Brantigan - www.drbrantigan.com
Dr. Robert Thompson - http://surgery.wustl.edu/tos/TOS.aspx
I think Brantigan and Thompson are likely the most used to treating "out-of-towners".