Rib Removal

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in rib removal surgery for waistline narrowing. I am 30 years old, 5’2” 135 lbs with a 29  inch waist. I have breast implants and have had 2 fat transfers to my hips and buttocks. My waist may look smaller in these photos because I have added fat to my hips. When I was at my thinnest (125lbs) my waist was 26 inches. I feel I naturally have a very wide upper body. If I do proceed with the rib removal, am I obliged to wear the corset 24/7 for the rest of my life as I saw someone on TV doing? Any chance this would affect future pregnancies?

A: Rib removal surgery does NOT require wearing a corset or any form of wrap around support beyond the initial healing period of a few weeks after surgery. (because it will feel better if you do right after surgery) The patient and TV episode to whom you refer was waist training and that involves the long-term use of a corset. That is the exception and not the rule in rib removal surgery. This surgery would not affect the ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana