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Posted by @jenniferhilton in Bones, Joints & Muscles, Aug 29, 2011

I underwent a procedure called titANIUM rib Plating in Miami at Memorial REgional following an accident , where i had massive multiple fractures of the ribs on both sides but worse on the left. I opted for a new procedure to rebuild my chest wall using these plates and screws.

the doctor had never done this surgery. I was the first at the hospital too.
the surgery was a success but It has now been almost 2 months and I am still in pain...a lot of pain. I need to lie propped in bed, with my back supported to be pain free.

I am anxious to connect with anyone who has ANy idea on how long it might take for me to return to normal. I am very active as i am an athlete ( or was).

the surgeon doesnt know as i was the first...and I feel the need to speak with a Dr or persons who have more experience with recuperation following such a surgery.

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Posted by @madisonrn, Oct 20, 2014


I'm assuming this is an older post (a couple of years old), but I can't find a date anywhere. In any case, I had this procedure done on six ribs in late July and am happy to share my experience and answer any questions about it that you may have.

Let me know.


Posted by @joyceewg, Jun 2, 2015

I contracted RSD/CRPS when I had to have some ribs taken out in surgery so the doctors could reach a place in the center of my torso. After about 5 years, the pain started to let up a bit, but the pain is excruciating at times. Where they put the ribs back you can't even touch it and I have to wear very soft clothing and use lightweight soft blankets in the bed at night and can no longer sleep with my spouse. On the Stanford objective pain scale 1 - 50 its a 43. RSD is the old name. CRPS is the new name of this pain disorder.

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