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A 48-year-old member asked:

Please explain if it is possible to get a thoracoplasty (rib removal) without having corrective scoliosis surgery?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 56 years experience
Not a clear? ??: A rib removal has nothing 2 do with scoli.Nor does a thoracoplasty have any connection 2 scoli. A thoracoplasty, depending on what is 2 b done may or may not require rib/ribs 2 b removed, but not in their entirety, just enough 2 allow exposure.
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