Can I Get Rib Removal Surgery If I Have Scoliosis?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had scoliosis surgery 2.5 years ago and it was successful but still have a bit of a curve. My question is, do I qualify for the rib removal surgery? I have uneven waistline due to the curvature of the spine that I’d like to correct.

A: Having prior scoliosis surgery does not preclude one from having rib removal surgery later. From your inquiry it appears the goal would be to improve the waistline asymmetry which shows more fullness on the right side. This would indicate that only the right side needs to be done which could be approached from your midline spine surgery scar.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon