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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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-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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Are there different types of surgical procedures for pectus excavatum?

Unsinking the chest: Some really good options are available for this procedure. Pediatric surgeons have advanced this treatment over the years. Now it is possible to have the procedure done in less time with great results. All kids with pectus excavatum do not need surgery. Your pediatrician and his/her surgical physicians can determine the timing and type of 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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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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When does someone need surgery for their pectus excavatum?

When does someone need surgery for their pectus excavatum?

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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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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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