North Shore patients requiring thoracic outlet syndrome surgery find world-class cardiothoracic surgeons at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC).
Thoracic surgeon Dean M. Donahue, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at NSMC Salem Hospital, is an expert in thoracic outlet syndrome treatment. He holds joint appointments at NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital. North Shore patients of Dr. Donahue may receive treatment close to home at his Salem campus office, or they may choose to see him in Boston. His Salem number is 978.745.1581.
TOS describes disorders arising from irritation, injury, or compression of the blood vessels and/or nerves around the thoracic outlet, an area around the lower neck and upper chest.
Thoracic outlet syndrome may have a variety of causes, from tumors and sleep disorders to poor posture and injury from lifting weights, athletic activity, carrying heavy shoulder loads or whiplash.
Physicians at NSMC may recommend several kinds of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, depending on the severity and specifics of the condition. When a rib is compressing blood vessels or the nerve bundle, a cardiothoracic surgeon may remove the rib and scalene muscles as well as any compressive fibrous tissue around them. Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery may also involve repair of compressed veins or blood vessels, repairs to any structural problems of the artery, or cardiothoracic surgery to release a muscle that joins the chest and neck to relieve pressure on blood vessels and nerves.
Prior to thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, physicians may recommend a variety of non-surgical treatments, including: