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Mildly Sunken Chest
Get a real Rx: If you are responsible for the physical / emotional well-being of a child or teen with pectus excavatum, you have a duty to educate yourself about the evidence-based options for treatment if it is indicated. Surgery is the norm; there's an avant-garde option with magnets. Growing up is difficult enough without a visible cosmetic or functional deformity. ...Read more
Depends: At this point in your life, any hemodynamic problems that would have developed should have happened by now. Pectus excavatum is an abnormality of the cartilage supporting the ribs and sternum. If no cardiac or pulmonary problems exist, therapy is based on cosmetic factors only. Conservative measures exist to deal with the physical issues. ...Read more
Yes: In many circumstances, there is no way to prevent a mild pectus deformity from progessing to a severe one. However, exercises to improve posture & those that involve sustained aerobic exercise can help to minimize worsening of the deformity. A figure-of-8 brace can be worn to facilitate correct posture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plastic surgery: You have pectus excavatum, a developmental problem with the chest cartilage. Treatment is based on hemodynamic compromise due to cardiac or pulmonary compression. If that doesn't exist, then therapy is cosmetic. If you go that route, treating the pectus, as well as a breast augmentation can be done. Just don't expect an insurance company to cover it. ...Read more
What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?
Pediatric surgeon: Pectus excavatum does not alway require surgical repair. When patients have severe deformities and have an impact on their breathing or exercise tolerance, we repair pectus deformities, many with minimally invasive techniques like the "nuss procedure". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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