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Is Pectus Excavatum Going To Affect My Heart Over Time
If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience exercise intolerance, lack of stamina because of dyspnea, sometimes chest pains, mitral valve prolapse, experience palpitations and recurrent respiratory tract disease. Therefore if the pectus deformity is so mild that did not get repaired early in life, chances of cardiac problems are less. ...Read more
Nothing: Pectus excavatum is a condition characterized by overgrowth of the cartilage of the chest wall causing a depression of the breastbone (sternum). This can press on the heart causing a murmur. Surgical fixation is usually not needed unless there are severe symptoms, usually shortness of breath or exercise intolerance. ...Read more
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 more
I sufffer from pectus excavatum and have a tachicardy (caused by (anxiety), can I do exercise without being at risk of heart failure?
Need to be evaluated by a cardiologist in person prior to any exercise. If you are cleared for exercise consider getting a personal trainer at a gym to create a personalized plan for you. Exercise can help w/anxiety. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org Peace and good health.
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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?
Sure: Certainly if you have any questions or are not comfortable with the information you received, I would not hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...Read more
I'm going in for the nuss procedure on my pectus excavatum in 2 months time and am curious to how long it takes until the pain goes away?
It depends: It really depends on how stiff your chest wall is. This usually correlates with age, the older you are, the more painful it will be. You will be in-hospital after repair for 4-5 days receiving iv pain medications. Typically, most patients are taking narcotics for 2 weeks after repair, and then any discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. ...Read more
Depends: Google pectus repair or nuss procedure in singapore. Most large hospitals will also have a physician referral net work if you tell them your problem and what you are looking for. ...Read more
No: You will have some recovery time. Likely 2-4 weeks atleast before you are going back. That will also depend on the severity of the pectus, and the surgical technique you use to correct the deformity. ...Read more
I have had a slight pectus excavatum and was wondering if this could cause me to have shortness in breath and no matter how much t
There's a dip in the middle between my breasts and I'm pretty sure it's pectus excavatum, am I going to have to just sit here and watch it happen?
Really?: Have you talked with your doctor about this? ...Read more
I have pectus excavatum and 3-4 fused ribs on my left side. I get unbearable pain to where it hurts to breath. Any ideas to what's going on?
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
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
Not really: It is posterior displacement of the sternum. It ranges from barely noticeable to a marked depresion of the sternum in the lower half of the sternum. When severe is obvious. ...Read more
I was wondering what the best preferred way to cure pectus excavatum was? I'm not sure what my hallar index is, I just know my first fits in it. Help!
Better left alone: P.excavatum is not a serious abnormality and usually causes no problems. If it is very disfiguring I would ask a thoracic surgeon to evaluate but remember the scarring from surgery may be worse than the condition. Important in women wanting de-colletage. This causes no physical symptomatology. I would live with and accept it. Thank you ...Read more
Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more
Occasionally: Usually not. But, in severe cases it can restrict lung volumes. Occasionally you can have heart murmurs. ...Read more
Yes: Not personally, but have over 30 patients that have had the nuss procedure. Most if not all are happy they had the procedure after about week three. ...Read more
No: Pectus excavatum is a disorder of the costal cartilages, causing the central portion of the chest, or sternum, to be sunken. Your chest wall muscles are over the ribs, not the sternum, so no amount of exercise will make the pectus decrease or go away. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: 6-8 weeks. There are several types of repair but you'll be off work for 1-2 months. ...Read more
Good: Good outcomes depending on degree of excavatum and age of repair. ...Read more
Sorry no magic, read this:
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/pectus_excavatum. ...Read more
Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more
I have pectus excavatum, but without any simptoms. Will it affect my pregnency when I decide to have children?
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 more
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