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Bone sticks out, get sharp pains, breathing issues, difficulty on sleeping on stomach since upper rib dislocation. Remedy?

hello i had dislocted or broke one of my upper ribs about 2 years ago and never saw a doctor or went to the hospital the bone has healed crooked and sticks out like a 3rd elbow and i can not even lay flat on my stomach! can a cardiothoracic doctor perform any kind of surgey either rebreaking or removing the bone completely to fix the problem?? also having sharp pains from time to time and a hard time breathing occasionally?
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Generally rib fractures do not need any specific treatment and they heal on their own without any issues.

At times, a grossly displaced UPPER rib fracture may cause injury to the underlying blood vessels.

If the pain is not getting relieved by routine analgesic medications, then an INTERCOSTAL NERVE BLOCK with a long acting anesthetic will provide good relief.

As for as my knowledge is concerned, no one performs a rib resection for a malunited fracture of the rib.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Tue, 23 Jul 2013
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