View Full Version : Rib removal - what's up with that?

01-19-2011, 05:36 AM
When I went to see Dr Boachie, one of the things I remember him saying is that he "may even be able to salvage my lower ribs."

Why wouldn't I be able to keep my lower ribs? I see some of you guys mentioning having ribs removed and don't understand why that would happen or what the benefit of doing it would be. Does anyone know?

01-19-2011, 05:49 AM
Linda or someone will correct me here but my understanding is rib removal is to improve the rib hump when they can't de-rotate the spine enough to get a better appearance. The ribs grow back in months, hopefully in a better, less prominent fashion.

With pedicle screws which allow great amounts of de-rotation, rib removal is largely though maybe not completely unnecessary as I understand it.

My one kid was quite torqued around and was de-rotated at least 90% without rib removal. Pedicle screws... more than just a good idea.

01-19-2011, 06:11 AM
In my case, my rib was removed to supply the crushed bone used in the fusion itself. It also eliminated my rib hump.

01-19-2011, 10:10 AM
Good to know - thanks guys!

01-19-2011, 01:50 PM
This might help. You can get this book here through NSF



01-19-2011, 06:16 PM
That book may contain more than I want to know. (where's the I'm about to barf icon?!)

01-20-2011, 09:21 AM
There is no barf icon...yes, maybe they should add one on just for us. We can use one, I can vouch for that! A constipation icon would be useful for the postie. It is hard to sit after surgery, let alone type, we could just click on the icon, post, and that would convey the message.....he he

This book is excellent for the scoli. It covers most of the things that are needed to know to have an understanding of what happens and what can happen. Years ago, there was nothing, and I always wondered what exactly happens in these surgeries???

Most surgeons will explain procedures, usually they explain as briefly as possible.

After 34 years of worrying about my surgeries, thinking, reading....when I did finally read this book 6 months ago, I wasn’t surprised at all, I would have written it exactly the same way that David Wolpert did. After reading many books on the subject through the years, this is one of the best.


01-21-2011, 04:24 PM
I'll echo Ed in saying it's a great book to read ahead of time. I read it several times before my surgery and for some dumb reason even took it with me to the hospital. It's very easy reading, plus gives you a lot of information about how to get your house ready for when you come home, etc. Of course, you have to remember that things are "in general" and it might not fit exactly with how your surgery and recovery are, but he explains everything in layman's terms-- because he also was just a regular scoli person who wanted to make a book for the rest of us that would explain about the condition, the surgery, what to expect, how to prepare, etc. I referred to it over and over AFTER my surgery as well.

01-21-2011, 08:16 PM
I got a Thoracoplasty (sp?) done in my surgery.
I think in my particulae case was absolutely needed cause i had a 100 degree curve and significant rotation. Now, you cn barely notice tell i had I rib hump before :) I mean you can tell just a little bit... but also he used the bone for the fusion.
I have an extra pain from that, but it is not a big deal and the cosmetic results are totally worth it.!

01-21-2011, 09:33 PM
It's great to hear you sounding so positive, Pilar. You had a tough road with that big curve, but it sounds like you're firmly on the other side now.

01-21-2011, 10:37 PM
when you get ribs removed it called a Thoracoplasty
my doctor does them all the time doing spinal fusion surgeires