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Had thoracic surgery, broken rib in area between scar and chest tube slits. Am I okay?

i had thoracic surgery and during procedure have a broken rib in my back area between scar and chest tube slits. My surgeon said it was normal for the area in the front below my breast area to be swollen, but Im in my 4 week from surgery and it never seems to go down or get better, just harder at times. Do you know how long it will take for this system to go away?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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hello user,
As far as broken ribs are concerned, they are absolutely normal after thoracic surgery, rather the ribs are deliberately broken or cut in some cases to get proper field of vision during cardiac surgery !

The rib fractures are also seen sometimes after vigorous CPR(Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).
Regarding your swelling, you should let your cardiologist examine it more properly, or rather do a USG scan of the swelling.

hope my info helped you
Dr Hari Om Chandrakar
Answered: Tue, 11 Jun 2013
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