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Dodger Pitcher Undergoes Surgery For Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


Earlier this week, Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett underwent surgery to remove his right first rib. Why does a pitcher need to have a first rib removed? The reason relates to thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition in which nerves and blood vessels are compressed by the anatomy at the top of the chest cavity. As was the case with Mr. Beckett, many patients with thoracic outlet syndrome often present with numbness and tingling in their arm and hand. While a number of patients need invasive surgery, the surgeon experts at DFW Vascular may be able to use minimally invasive office-based techniques to treat the condition.

To learn more about DFW surgeons Drs. Samuel Ahn and Robert Feldtman recent¬†presentation of their research (performed in collaboration with other physicians) in the area of thoracic outlet syndrome, please look at our most recent post, “What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?”

If you suffer from numbness and tingling in your arm and hand, or have been told you may have thoracic outlet syndrome, please call DFW Vascular today to schedule a consultation.