Can you get a rib fracture as a result of anesthesia?

Can you get a rib fracture as a result of anesthesia? Had back surgery on 12/8- complained x3 post op visits to surgeon about left side rib pain. He said the rib pain had nothing to do with the back surgery. .Still having pain, saw GP on 2/1- Chest x-ray shows healing 7th left side rib fracture. Pre OP chest x ray is normal I have not bee sick. Can this fx have been a result of the anesthesia?

Age: 55
Medications: Ambien 10 mg

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Dr. J. Ernesto
Dr. J. Ernesto
February 2, 2018 4:05 pm

Anesthesia complications are varied but a rib fracture is not one of them. Some spinal complications may occur under local anesthesia But an impact, contact or violent coughing is needed to fracture a rib. Do your remember having fallen, being struck? Did something happen during surgery or during your hospital stay? An event must have occurred.

Dr J. Ernesto
Dr J. Ernesto
February 3, 2018 10:09 am

Of course there may have been improper patient handling resulting in injury. But it is next to impossible to prove or know for sure. Usually hospitals will have some kind of safe handling guidelines and procedures set up. You may want to check to see what they are and if they were adequate.