View Full Version : How many here have had a costoplasty / thoracoplasty after Spinal Fusion?

JAN 76
12-30-2008, 03:10 AM
Just wondering how many people here have had a costoplasty / thoracoplasty after their spinal fusion?

Karen Ocker
12-30-2008, 06:16 PM
I had it at the same time and they used the bone from my ribs for the spinal fusion.
My hump was greatly reduced from the 100 degree one I had as a teen.

12-31-2008, 02:11 PM
I spoke w/my surgeon Monday and decided to do this...are you having one as well? Just wondered if it was really better than having bone taken from the pelvic area...

01-06-2009, 08:37 AM
I had extensive thoracoplasty in 1983 with 6 ribs resected on the right side to reduce the thoracic hump and again in l987 had 3 more ribs resected. I had a spinal fusion previously without instrumentation in 1961. The surgeons tried to straighten the 95 degree curve in 1983 and another attempt in 2008, but had to abandon the attempts due to spine stiffness and problems with the neuro monitoring. Anyway, while I still had large curves, I appeared much straighter due to the thoracoplasty. The ribs grew back straight. I often joke about my new baby back ribs. However, I have breathing problems with severe restrictive lung disease. My pulmonologist thinks the extensive thoracoplasty may have contributed to this in addition to my severe scoliosis. My self esteem, work and social life improved considerably after the thoracoplasty surgery. I have never regretted my decision to have the thoracoplasty.