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Is there sucha a thing as pectus excavatum repair?

Is there sucha a thing as pectus excavatum repair?

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 more

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Dr. Delphine Yung
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Funnel Chest (Definition)

-defect where the sternum instead of a normal appearance is sunken . If U poured water on it it would pool. It can B severe & compromise cardiac & pulmonary Fx. It is in these cases ...Read more


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How hard is the recovery from a pectus excavatum repair?

How hard is the recovery from a pectus excavatum repair?

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

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How long does it take to recover from pectus excavatum repair?

Depends: There are multiple repairs available, but in general, return to work or stressful activity will be in the 8-12 week range. Contact sports will obviously take longer before being allowed. ...Read more

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Anyone had pectus excavatum repair and get nice-looking results?

Anyone had pectus excavatum repair and get nice-looking results?

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

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What is the definition or description of: pectus excavatum repair?

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 more

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Pectus excavatum need to get repaired, what has to be done?

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

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Is there a way to do a pectus excavatum repair without surgery?

Is there a way to do a pectus excavatum repair without surgery?

Yes: Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) can be repaired without surgery. Most of these cases respond to external compression braces. They need to worn religiously and not "part time" to be most effective. ...Read more

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What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?

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 more

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Pectus excavatum repair without surgery - I read something about using magnets - any news on that?

Pectus excavatum repair without surgery - I read something about using magnets - any news on that?

No knowledge.: Have heard about magnets, but have no personal experience. Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) can be effected without surgery using an external brace. ...Read more

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Can pectus excavatum grt worse after 14?

A bit: It may deepen so long as a child is growing. The repair has improved significantly, implanting a titanium rod that lifts up like an umbrella, eliminating the pectus. I referred a 9-year-old last year to an experienced pediatric thoracic surgeon last year, The repair took less than two hours and she recovered uneventfully without unusual pain. ...Read more

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Will bulking up affect a pectus excavatum?

Not really: But pectus can make the bulked up pectoralis muscles look assymetric. Also bulking up may make the pectus look worse if the pectoralis muscles as well as the abdominal muscles become more bulky, and the sunken sternum looks more sunken. Could also be coincidental if bulking up is done during teen years when the pectus is getting worse by itself. ...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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How can I measure how deep my pectus excavatum is?

Ruler: You can measure it with a ruler but a more accurate way is on a lateral chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Certain exercises help ruduce the pectus excavatum?

Depends: It depends on the edxtent of the defect. Certain excercises can increase chest muscle mass such as the pecs. This may also accentuate the defect. There are no excerceses that can remodel the chest/rib cage. ...Read more

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What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What reason?: Unless contact sports are involved, no special protection is needed. If sports are the issue, a flak jacket like quarterbacks wear should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if pectus excavatum is dangerous?

No: Most pectus excavatum issues are cosmetic only. If there are symptoms, it is usually related to exercise intolerance. Surgical treatment is usually recommended after puberty to allow for any growth of the chest wall to occur. ...Read more

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How painfull is the pectus excavatum surgery?

How painfull is  the pectus excavatum surgery?

Pectus surgery/pain: Pain is common after the surgery (minimally invasive as well as open surgery). For the first few days, patients will receive strong pain medicine in the vein (through an iv) and/or through a catheter placed in the spine (an epidural). After that, pain is usually managed with medicines (narcotics and nsad) taken by mouth. Hospital stay can be up to 7 days for pain management. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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