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Is there any way to fix pectus excavatum without breaking bones

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
I don't think so: It's an anatomical defect, hence it must be taken care of surgically. I would not recommend it, though, just for cosmetic reasons only, as the outcome... Read More
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: The nuss procedure involves placement of a bar under the breast bone to allow it to reform and remodel. The bar stays for about two years. The operati... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) can be repaired without surgery. Most of these cases respond to external compression braces. They need to worn religio... Read More
Dr. Andre Hebra
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pectus repair: Pectus excavatum repair can be achieved without surgery in patients with a mild pectus deformity. It requires the use of an external vacuum device. H... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andre Hebra
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pectus exercise: The development of pectus excavatum in children can not be prevented by exercise. However, the condition can be improved by deep breathing and any aer... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
What kind.: Need to consult a thoracic surgeon or plastic surgeon that repairs chest wall deformities. Need cat scan thorax, echocardiogram, pulmonary function t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Likely nothing: If you have symptoms, see a thoracic surgeon/ and r pulmonologist, more to be sure something else is not an issue. In children with specific signs sy... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Nuss procedure: Without knowing the degree of pectus excavatum you have can not advise but check out this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23hs8tlvpas.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Size or symptoms: Depth from a ruler across chest. Volume in milliliters. Clinical any symptoms socially any disturbance from peers.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Not always: Can be purely cosmetic and be made fun of by peers/opposit sex. Can affect exercise tolerance if severe and compressing the heart between the sternum... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
No: Pectus is a problem with the cartilages that connect the ribs with the sternum. No exercise will reduce this.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andre Hebra
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pectus Excavatum: The severity of the pectus will determine symptoms and risk of cardio-pulmonary problems. Here are some links with helpful information: http://eme... Read More

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