Originally Posted by sueofct
Hi again. Can people who have had the first rib surgery done tell me what to expect and the recover time?
I am six days out from first rib resection with removal of a fibrous band and part of anterior scalene. Everyone is going to be different with respect to surgical outcomes. Your overall level of health is an important factor.
My surgeon told me 10% have improvement but a winged scapular, 10% have improvement with numbness over scapular, 10% don't have any improvement, and 70% turn out great. I am planning on "great". I do have some numbness around the incision but expect it to eventually resolve.
The issue of your elbow is valid. Last year we did a cubital and carpel tunnel release, because that's a cheap and easy surgery and may be all you need. For me, I had a tight fibrous band on the ulnar never at my elbow. That surgery only improved me a little though. So, I ended up doing TOS.
I plan to get back to work (office) 19 days after surgery.