Thoracoplasty is surgery performed by a Plastic Surgeon and Thoracic Surgeon together to change the shape of the rib cage. It is primarily for patients with scoliosis who have severe asymmetric rotated rib cages. It has to be performed in the hospital and requires a stay in intensive care. Most health insurance policies will not cover it if the patient is over 18 years of age because they have policy riders excluding coverage of congenital deformity correction surgery in adulthood.
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