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marianm803
01-15-2005, 01:07 PM
Hi all,

How do you know if need a thoracoplasty? How do Dr.s determine that? Do you have to have a visible 'rib hump' as I've heard them called? Mine is only visible when I bend over...

Marian

LindaRacine
01-15-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi Marian...

I think the thoracoplasty is pretty much a cosmetic surgery. If your rib hump doesn't bother you, you'll probably find that surgeons won't recommend it. I don't know about everywhere, but my experience in Northern California is that doctors either do a lot of thoracoplasties or hardly any. I suspect it depends on their training.

Regards,
Linda