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Usually, they aren't. Most rib fractures are just left to heal on their own. Often a rib belt will be provided or sometimes the rib cage will be taped, but if it's a minor fracture, you'll be told to just take it easy and don't make it worse. On the other hand, if a rib is completely broken, with sharp edges and a possibility of puncturing a lung, it will be surgically wired to minimize further risk. Only an x-ray will determine if the break is severe enough to justify surgery.

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