What Are The Risks Of Rib Removal Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley ,From my understanding from other surgeons there are a lot of risks associated with rib removal surgery. After reading the Dr. Eppley’s website, he lays out the case for it being a rather safe procedure. I am a single mother and can’t afford any major complications. 

Can you let me know what complications Dr. Eppley’s patients have encountered with rib removal and how or what specifically does he do to mitigate major risks/issues. Has he ever had a deaths doing this procedure? What can or should I be concerned about long-term with removing ribs?

A: I have never encountered one single complication, major or minor yet from rib removal surgery….so it is fair to say it is a safe procedure in the way I do it. I would try to avoid putting much stock into surgeons commenting on the procedure unless they have actually done it. Admitredly it is a procedure, by name, that sounds risky but the reality is that is has far fewer problems than tummy tuck or BBL surgery which are also torso reduction procedures.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon