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I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs. Could wearing a corset help my posture? Are there other non surgical options?

I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs.  Could wearing a corset help my posture?  Are there other non surgical options?

Yes: While a corset may help one's posture, it will not correct or stop the problem of one's bones changing shapes or positions. Nonsurgical options for such conditions may include a body brace that can be worn all day to slow deformation, depending on the severity of symptoms. An orthopedic doctor specializing in spine and scoliosis therapy can evaluate and offer treatment advice. ...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 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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Pectus excavatum- is it recommended to have surgery to fix it?

No: 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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How to treat pectus excavatum without having surgery?

How to treat pectus excavatum without having surgery?

Pectus excavatum: Pectus excavatum can be surgically repaired, but surgery is usually reserved for people who have moderate to severe signs and symptoms. People who have mild signs and symptoms may be helped by physical therapy. Certain exercises can improve posture and increase the degree to which the chest can expand. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pectus-excavatum/basics/treatment/con-20028599 ...Read more

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Is the nuss procedure surgery for pectus excavatum painful?

Yes: All thoracic surgery is painful, but we have a lot of analgesic techniques and medications, and the painful period is transient. ...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?

Pectus repair: Pectus excavatum repair can be achieved without surgery in patients with a mild pectus deformity. It requires the use of an external vacuum device. Here is a link with additional information: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21240610. ...Read more

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If i'm getting a pectus excavatum corrective surgery, how badly will it hurt?

If i'm getting a pectus excavatum corrective surgery, how badly will it hurt?

Depends...: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. You will either have a nuss procedure that involves incisions on your sides and likely chest tubes after surgery. The other is the ravitch procedure that would involve resection of the cartilage of some of the ribs and direct implanting of a bar. This typically does not have any chest tubes left behind, though it can have more pain than the nuss repair. ...Read more

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I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

Depends: At your age, it's unusual to have it corrected. Most are repaired around age 5. Most are done for cosmetic reasons. However, significant pectus defects can limit exercise due to compression of the right ventricle and limits on the heart's ability to increase output during exertion. A test called vo2 max can sort that out. ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum that is a little over 1 inch deep and slightly less tolerable to exercise but not bad.Would i need surgery? (Male 16yr old)

You can: Pectus excavatum is more of a cosmetic issue, they do surgeries with placing a bar to move the chest out. Pretty common procedure now ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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