How Soon Can I Ride Horses After Rib Removal Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I just wanted to ask how long it would be before I could be active after the surgery. I ride horses and would want to get back to it asap. Is there anyway the surgery could affect my posture. Would all my organs still be fully protected if I had a fall? Are there any long term risks?

A: In rib removal recovery, there are no specific postoperative restrictions since you can hurt the surgery site. It is more about discomfort and the recovery from it. You should be able to ride horses again one month or so after the surgery.

The surgery does not affect your posture, there is no loss of organ protection and there are no long term adverse effects.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon