Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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My understanding is that first rib resection is essential for full decompression of the brachial plexus. There are three areas that can compress the plexus. The scaleni muscles are only one of the three. The most common area is between the clavicle and first rib. You are correct that this surgery takes some time to recover. Just make sure that you select a meticulous surgeon who has great experience.

Dr. Corenman