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Surgery at Mayo puts softball pitcher back in the game

When softball pitcher Brittany Rathbun developed thoracic outlet syndrome — a narrowing of the subclavian vein, which runs from the heart down the arm — a rib resection (removal) at Mayo Clinic restored function in her hand and put her back in the game. Today, female athletes are experiencing many of the same sports-related injuries [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience diagnosing and treating thoracic outlet syndrome. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat about 995 people with thoracic outlet syndrome each year.
  • Team approach. Doctors trained in blood vessel surgery (vascular surgery), blood vessel conditions (vascular medicine), chest surgery (thoracic surgery), brain and nervous system conditions (neurology), imaging (radiology), orthopedic surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation may work together to diagnose and treat thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • Treatment expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise in treating thoracic outlet syndrome. Doctors offer several treatment options for thoracic outlet syndrome, including physical therapy, medications and surgery.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks #1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics and for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

Aug. 01, 2013