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  1. #1
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    Jul 2010
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    rib removal

    I am writing for my 77 y.o. mother that has a >40 degree thoracolumbar curve. She has begun to experience pain when her rib/s touch and get caught behind her pelvis.
    Can a few of the lower ribs be removed on that side?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
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    Geneseo, NY
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    floating ribs

    They removed part of 1 or 2 floating ribs during my surgery. The ribs serve to protect your internal organs, but one can get along without parts that are causing this type of problem. Here's a pic (not of me)
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...w=1596&bih=665
    1966 fusion in Buffalo of 11 thoracic vertebrae, with Harrington rod

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