Today I read an article about "rib subtotal removal" for plastic surgeries for "Waistline reduction". In the article, the author (Dr Barry) mentioned "Only the most outer or distal portion of the ribs are taken". Could anyone help me identified which part is the "distal portion of the ribs". Is it "the cartilage part" or the "part that connected to the backbone ?"
In rib removal surgery it is important to appreciate that only a portion of the ribs are removed. The more appropriate term would be subtotal rib removal or resection. Only the most outer or distal portion of the ribs are taken. There is no benefit to chasing the rib resection back under the semispinalis muscle near their vertebral facet attachments. Only about 5c to 7cm lengths of the rubs are removed. Thus many soft tissue attachments remain for core body support.
Source of the article: http://exploreplasticsurgery.com/understanding-rib-removal-surgery-waistline-reduction/