My surgeon determined the curvature of my spine to be 58 degrees, and in an "S" shape. He indicated that my spine (vertebrae) would need to be fused from the lumbar vertebrae L-2 up to the thoracic vertebrae T-5 — a total of nine vertebrae. Additionally, since my rib cage was beginning to twist (which was the reason my dad noticed the "rib hump" when I bent over), I also chose to have my surgeon correct that as well. To correct the "rib hump," the doctor would have to cut five of my ribs in my back and remove a couple of inches of rib from each. This procedure is called thoracoplasty and will help my rib cage to return back into proper alignment.
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