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Mrs Elle
06-05-2014, 01:32 PM
Hello,

I am currently scheduled for surgeory spinal fusion plus I am having some ribs removed due to my ribs being twisted and a hump on the right back side of my torso. I am wondering what the impact of removing the ribs have on my internal organs? Will this add to complications of the surgery and recovery time? What can I expect from this?

Many thanks
Anna

Dr Scoliosis
18-05-2014, 12:12 PM
Thank you for your question. Rib removal, also called thoracoplasty, is commonly done in scoliosis surgery. It improves the appearance of the chest and back. Thoracoplasty involves cutting out small sections of 3 or 4 adjacent ribs. It does not usually make your recovery any longer, more painful or more complicated. Long term, there may be a slight reduction in what is known as respiratory function tests, that is, people who have had thoracoplasties have a measurable difference in some breathing tests, but this is not noticeable to the person, even with exercise.

Dr Scoliosis