If you haven't been treated early in the condition, soon after you noticed symptoms, then you may experience progressive nerve damage, and you may require surgery.
Doctors recommend surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome only when other treatments haven't been effective. Surgery has higher risks than do other treatments and may not always treat your symptoms.
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