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Thread: thoracoplasty- need one?

  1. #1
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    thoracoplasty- need one?

    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
    28 year old female, 68T and 43L degree curves considering surgery

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    Sep 2003
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    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

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