If I Have Rib Removal Surgery Can I Still Do Horseback Riding?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I horse back ride 5 days a week. Would there be more risk for when I fall off my horse if I had those ribs removed?

A: Since the inner half of ribs 10, 11 and 12 remain I do not see ant increased should you fall from a horse. But when in doubt there is the rib osteotomy procedure where the ribs are fractured, but left intact, and are molded inward after surgery by corseting.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana