Rib Removal Scar

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have rib removal scar questions. First one is I saw Pixie Fox who had the rib removal procedure done already. But when I look at her back I see very large scars. So will my scars be similar to hers?? If you can clarify that a lil bit for me. I can make a better decision.

A: As incisional lengths go for rib removal surgery, the scars in Pixie Fox are actually quite good. Assume for the sake of decision that those scars would be similar. I do make them smaller than that today….but the scar decision is an important one and you have to be prepared to live with two scars of some length. It is not a scar free procedure. It is also important to realize that it takes 6 to 12 months for the scars to maximally lose their redness and obvious appearance.

My advice to any patient for any procedure in which a visible scar is a trade-off….you make a decision to do the procedure based on the worst that the scar can look…not on the best you hope the scar may look like. That way one will never be disappointed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana