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Can Bad Posture With Pectus Excavatum Affect Lung Capacity
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Hi Dr, I've recently seen a surgeon that says my pectus excavatum isn't effecting my health ie lung capacity/heart. Hallers index is 7.2. 2nd opinion?
Doubtful: I couldn't locate a controlled study on long-term effects if surgery is not done. In most cases the condition is cosmetic, and there were no reported deaths. Severe pectus excavatum does decrease lung and cardiac function, however, basically through compression and smaller volumes. A pediatric surgeon would be able to give you a better idea of the future after checking the individual patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pectus excavatum. Been told it's only cosmetic. But doesn't it affect my vital capacity in comparison to an exact individual without it?
No: Pectus excavatum is never clearly cosmetic. In children it can cause exercise intolerance, chest pain, and other symptoms. It can also have significant psychological issues that affect a child's development and socialization. New operations such as the nuss procedure make the correction much safer and of lower risk. The best age to repair is 11-15 years of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: At your age, it's unusual to have it corrected. Most are repaired around age 5. Most are done for cosmetic reasons. However, significant pectus defects can limit exercise due to compression of the right ventricle and limits on the heart's ability to increase output during exertion. A test called vo2 max can sort that out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. You will either have a nuss procedure that involves incisions on your sides and likely chest tubes after surgery. The other is the ravitch procedure that would involve resection of the cartilage of some of the ribs and direct implanting of a bar. This typically does not have any chest tubes left behind, though it can have more pain than the nuss repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anatomy: Sometimes physicians need to be asked their opinion point blank. The physician may not want to make you self conscious, specially if this anatomic variant is not affecting your health. ...Read more
I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs. Could wearing a corset help my posture? Are there other non surgical options?
Yes: While a corset may help one's posture, it will not correct or stop the problem of one's bones changing shapes or positions. Nonsurgical options for such conditions may include a body brace that can be worn all day to slow deformation, depending on the severity of symptoms. An orthopedic doctor specializing in spine and scoliosis therapy can evaluate and offer treatment advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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