In cases where conservative management has failed to relieve a patient's symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, surgical decompression is considered. There are two operative procedures for surgical treatment, including the transaxillary approach for the first-rib resection or a supraclavicular approach for anterior and middle scalenectomies, with or without first-rib resection. The authors describe a supraclavicular approach that allows complete visualization of the neurovascular structures to permit full decompression of the brachial plexus and first rib resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-769
Number of pages9
JournalChest Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


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