Can My Fractured 12th Rib Be Removed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am looking at getting my 12th rib removed on the right side. This is not for aesthetic purposes but due to chronic pain. I have a hypoplastic 12th rib that has supposedly been fractured and healed incorrectly and is causing me severe amounts of pain. Looking to get it removed and want to see if this is possible. 

A: Thank you for your inquiry and describing your rib removal needs. Certainly the 12th rib can be removed. I would need to see an x-ray of the rib so I understand its shape and possible fractured state.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana