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How long will the procedure to fix pectus excavatum take?

How long will the procedure to fix pectus excavatum take?

Variable: The operation usually takes 1-2 hours. This involves placement of an epidural catheter and the actual chest repair. The patient spends several days in ICU to monitor the catheter. In all 4-5 days are spent in the hospital. The bar that is placed stays for about 2 years. When the bar is removed it is usually a simple day or out patient surgery. ...Read more

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Funnel Chest (Definition)

Funnel chest can refer to chest that is dented inward. Medically this is known as pectus excavatum. Depending on the severity, this condition can represent only a cosmetic issue or it can it can impair cardiac and respiratory function and cause pain in ...Read more


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Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

No: There are no certain activities that are known to worsen pectus excavatum. It is related to the growth of the child. Sometimes it gets worse with growth spurts. The timing of surgical repair can depend on one's growth spurt and age. ...Read more

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At what age does pectus excavatum normally become noticeable?

At what age does pectus excavatum normally become noticeable?

Often at birth: Pectus excavatum, or concave, funnel, or sunken chest is usually a congenital condition so it is present at birth. The diagnosis is usually obvious by the appearance of a sunken central chest and is more common in boys than girls by about 3 to 1. The appearance can become more obvious with growth and is usually readily apparent well before puberty. Treatment is surgical and often just cosmetic. ...Read more

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Getting help for pectus excavatum?

Getting help for pectus excavatum?

714-364-4050: most surgeons who do minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum or the Nuss procedure are pediatric surgeons. this procedure was developed by a pediatric surgeon with correcting child chest deformities in mind. adults have been done using the same technique on a case by case basis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have mild pectus excavatum?

A common finding: A pectus excavatum is a chest wall deformity where there is a bony indentation in the sternum/breastbone. You were likely born with the pectus and no further evaluation is required. If severe rarely surgery is done to correct the problem. ...Read more

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If your child has pectus excavatum, can she ever develop normally later in life?

Yes: Pectu excavatum in children is never self-correcting. It can be mild to severe and effect exercise tolerance, self image, etc. In girls it can affect breast development and orientation. This can pose certain psychological issues. Some children weather these well and other less so. A simple evaluation by a pediatric surgeon can answer all yours and your child's questions. ...Read more

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What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

Possibly: Pectus excavatum is a sunken sternum caused by abnormal growth backwards of your costal cartilages, which connect your ribs to the sternum. This can get worse to varying degress over time, but usually slows down once your growth (in height) slows down. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat pectus excavatum?

NoT much: Rarely does this cause any medical condition besides the cosmetic appearance. It is usually done in teenage boys for purely cosmetic and social reasons. ...Read more

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Can pectus excavatum grt worse after 14?

Yes: Due to continued muscle and bogy growth. Please consult a surgeon with special expertise as there is an optimum age for treating surgically with best results. Again, make sure you get the best surgeon with lot of experience rather than a surgeon who says he can do it. It is a very difficult and pain ful surgery. But there has been a lot of improvement in instrumentation. ...Read more

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Can I improve pectus excavatum naturally by exercising? I am 22

To a degree: Exercise can improve muscle mass of say your pects. This could also serve to accentuate the pectus defect. If the defect is truly disturbing to you, you should know there are alternatives such as surgery. Nuss procedure can be viewed on you tube. Most surgeons doing this procedure are pediatric surgeons. 22 y can still qualify you. Contact a pediatric surgeon in your area if you have questions. ...Read more

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Sunken Chest (Definition)

Sunken chest is also known as Funnel chest. Sunken chest, or pectus excavatum, is a congenital condition that is present at birth or develops ...Read more


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