Re: Costoplasty / Thoracoplasty
I had my thoracoplasty a year after my fusion, as my hump was still there but it is gone now
Here are my answers to some of your questions:
The pain was different to fusion…it was more acute I think and only where the ribs were cut. I had five ribs cut. My fusion was going nicely and that pain was really abating, but as I was opened up again in the same incision, only a year later, set my recovery way back. And I think due to my age, is why I am still pretty sore.
I was OxyContin for two? months.
Sitting/standing upright was quite painful. It was surprising how much ribs can hurt!!! I took two months off work, then went back only gradually for a few hours over three days. Probably around six months before I could manage full days.
There was no way I could carry any weight for several months. Even a handbag was a struggle. I haven't tried a back pack since my ops...a little scared.
I am now 20 months post costoplasty, and I am still sore-ish. Can't lie on either side, even after all this time. if I do roll over in my sleep, I wake up in quite a bit of pain. But although still sore, it was one of the best things ever. My hump is virtually gone, and life is much better. I have a high pain tolerance btw
I haven't had any difference in my breathing at all. I think my entire insides work better after both operations
Everyone is so very different with pain and recovery. You are young and will probably bounce back so very quickly!
Lives in Hobart, Australia. Born 1962, developed Idiopathic Scoliosis at around 12 years of age. No bracing, just watch and wait. By 2010 thoracic curve had increased to about 50deg, lumbar to mid 30's. I have had two surgeries: Posterior fusion T4-L1 June 2011 and thoracoplasty (five ribs) July 2012. Still recovering but feeling good! Scoliosis is familial as my younger sister has scoliosis too and had surgery around 1980 with the Harrington technique.