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Nuss Repair Of Pectus Excavatum
Severity: First cat scan thorax to asses cardiac compression, extent of osseous cartilaginous spine deformity. Age is important, is not the same to repair when child versus an old person in the 40's. If the 40's person has been a smoker or has co morbidities that will change workup and procedure as well as risks and outcome. ...Read more
Pectus Excavatum repair can be achieved using minimally invasive surgical technique: A detailed review of the minimally invasive technique for repair of pectus excavatum can be found at: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1970203-overview the procedure is also known as mirpe or nuss technique. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It all depends on the procedure used. The ravitch is a very extensive procedure which involves a large incision and removal of many cartilaginous ribs. This destabilizes the chest wall. The nuss procedure is less invasive, shorter , and does not destabilize the chest. Both have residual postoperative pain. Most patients are back toi baseline comfort within 3-4 weeks depending on age. ...Read more
The sternum bow in: The normal breast bone is fairly straight. However, in some people the breast bone can bow into the chest. Usually this does not cause any problems except for cosmetic issues. Occaisionally it can compress the heart and cause exercise intolerance. There is a surgical correction for it in those rare occaisions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 6 more doctor answers
Pectus excavatum repair without surgery - I read something about using magnets - any news on that?
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