Rib Fracture Clinic

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Swedish's Adult Acute Rib Fracture Clinic is designed to offer comprehensive evaluation and management of acute rib-fracture patients. We offer symptom monitoring, strong guidance in aggressive pulmonary hygiene, and we are committed to managing associated pain. We can also provide pleural space drainage in the office and surgical intervention in the rare instance where it may be required.

We believe the expertise we bring will allow us to provide quality patient care, better outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. Contact us today to make an appointment or refer a patient.

Incidence of Rib Fractures

Rib fractures are the most common chest injury accounting for 10 to 15 percent of all traumatic injuries in the U.S. Nearly 300,000 people are seen annually in acute-care settings for rib fractures and 7 percent of this population will require hospitalization for medical, pain and/or surgical management.

Complications in Rib Fracture Patients

Associated rib fracture injuries, including pulmonary contusions, hemothorax, pneumo-thorax, and pleural effusions, can all lead to complex pulmonary problems with increased risk of added morbidity, avoidable hospital admission, or even death.

Rib Fractures and Pain Control

Rib fractures are painful and often take upwards of 6 weeks to 6 months to heal and for patients to become pain free. Historically, good pain control has been the only treatment intervention for these patients. Poor or inadequate pain control will often lead to progressive atelectasis and pneumonia, particularly in the elderly or the active smoker.

Rib Plating

Learn about a new, improved way of fixing broken ribs in the following video. Rib Plating can speed up recovery from months to weeks, and help significantly with pain.