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Cervical Rib Resection in Dubai at DRHC

What is a Cervical Rib?

A cervical rib is an extra rib that arises from the seventh cervical vertebra (the last vertebra of the neck). While most people have 12 pairs of ribs, a small percentage of the population has this additional rib, which can sometimes cause health issues. These issues arise due to the compression of nerves or blood vessels, leading to symptoms collectively known as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).

Symptoms and Indications

The presence of a cervical rib can be asymptomatic, meaning it causes no symptoms at all. However, when symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Pain in the neck, shoulder, or arm
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers
  • Weakness in the hand muscles
  • Discoloration of the hand due to reduced blood flow
  • Swelling in the arm

If these symptoms significantly impact daily life or do not respond to conservative treatments, surgical intervention, such as cervical rib resection, may be recommended.

What is Cervical Rib Resection?

Cervical rib resection is a surgical procedure performed to remove the extra rib and alleviate the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This surgery is typically recommended when non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy or pain management, have not provided sufficient relief.

The Procedure

At DRHC Dubai, our experienced thoracic surgeons utilize advanced techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes. The procedure involves:

  1. Preoperative Assessment: Comprehensive evaluation and imaging studies to plan the surgery.
  2. Anesthesia: The patient is placed under general anesthesia for comfort and safety.
  3. Surgical Approach: An incision is made in the neck or above the collarbone to access the cervical rib.
  4. Removal of the Rib: The surgeon carefully removes the cervical rib while preserving the surrounding structures, including nerves and blood vessels.
  5. Closure: The incision is closed with sutures, and a dressing is applied.

Recovery and Aftercare

Post-surgery, patients are monitored closely to ensure proper healing and recovery. Typical recovery involves:

  • Hospital Stay: Most patients stay in the hospital for a few days post-surgery for observation.
  • Pain Management: Medications are prescribed to manage pain and discomfort.
  • Physical Therapy: A tailored physical therapy program to restore strength and mobility.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-ups with the surgeon to monitor progress and address any concerns.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to cervical ribs or are seeking the best thoracic surgery in Dubai, contact the Dubai Thoracic Surgery Clinic today at +97142798200. Our team of experts is ready to provide you with the exceptional care and expertise you deserve. Take the first step towards a pain-free and improved quality of life by scheduling a consultation with our renowned thoracic surgeons.

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