Complications of surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

Hand Clin. 2004 Feb;20(1):91-8. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0712(03)00084-2.


Having read through the previous litany of potential disasters and complications, one could ask the obvious question, "Why would anyone want to do this kind of surgery?" The answer is that most people elect not to! Nevertheless, for those who decide to venture into this field, there is the tremendous reward of being able to help patients who would otherwise continue to live with extremely disabling and disheartening symptoms. A sound knowledge of the regional anatomy and tutelage by those knowledgeable in particular areas of surgery that may not have been a part of the individual surgeon's prior training is essential. The author was fortunate to have the help of a very accomplished and generous vascular surgeon, Dr. William Abbott of the Massachusetts General Hospital for many months when I began on what I have considered a fascinating and intellectually rewarding odyssey.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brachial Plexus / injuries
  • Decompression, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Decompression, Surgical / methods
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Humans
  • Phrenic Nerve / injuries
  • Pneumothorax / etiology
  • Ribs / surgery
  • Subclavian Artery / injuries
  • Subclavian Vein / injuries
  • Thoracic Duct / injuries
  • Thoracic Nerves / injuries
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome / surgery*