I recently underwent a 2nd rhino revision and this time rib was used. I am over a year post op and still have significant soreness in the area where the rib was harvested. In my post op report it states three different ribs were used 7-9. It states this was done because the first rib harested (8th) was contorted, the second one harvested (9th) was too small, therefore a piece of the 7th rib was taken. Is this common in a healthy, average weight, 36 year old person?
In a Revision Rhinoplasty Using Rib Cartilage, is It Common Practice to Remove Cartilage from 3 Ribs?
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Removing Cartilage from 3 Ribs for Rhinoplasty
No, this is not common. While one rib harvest is usually sufficient, selection of a better piece of cartilage is not unreasonable. If your surgeon does a lot of rhinoplasties, he or she probably did the right thing, especially if the graft looks good in the nose. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA