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Pectus Excavatum Nuss
Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more
I have Pectus Excavatum and got the Nuss procedure done in the beginning of October. Around two weeks ago, I started feeling a burning or tearing sensation between the sides and have a sharp back pain in the middle of my back towards the right side.
Im going in for the nuss procedure on my pectus excavatum in 2 months time and am curious to how long it takes until the pain goes away?
It depends: It really depends on how stiff your chest wall is. This usually correlates with age, the older you are, the more painful it will be. You will be in-hospital after repair for 4-5 days receiving iv pain medications. Typically, most patients are taking narcotics for 2 weeks after repair, and then any discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Procedure of choice: The Nuss procedure is now the procedure of choice for repair of pectus excavatum. The Ravitch or open repair is still utilized with good results at some centers, but in most cases is reserved for complex chest wall deformities (concurrent pectus excavatum and carinatum) or when severe asymmetry exists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risks of surgery: The outcomes and risks related to the minimally invasive technique for repair of pectus excavatum (also known as mirpe or nuss technique) are described in detail in the following article: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1970203-overview#showall please refer to the section 'outcome' to obtain the information you are looking for. ...Read more
Can you suggest how to get my 21 year old son seen by a doctor who might recommend the nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?
See plastic surgeon: Don't look for a specific procedure, but see an expert who can recommend a number of options that can best treat the exact type and severity of pectus excavatum your son has. He is an adult and he has a voice in this as well. Present options, not pressure, as this is almost always cosmetic rather than functional. See plastic surgeon at a major university or teaching hospital who has done many! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pectus evaluation: It is recommended that any pediatric or adult patient with pectus excavatum undergo an evaluation by a physician with expertise in congenital chest wall malformations. Most pediatric surgeons will be able to assess the patient and determine if any additional testing is necessary. Not all patients will need ct scan or cardiac imaging. Not all patients will need corrective surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: The operation usually takes 1-2 hours. This involves placement of an epidural catheter and the actual chest repair. The patient spends several days in ICU to monitor the catheter. In all 4-5 days are spent in the hospital. The bar that is placed stays for about 2 years. When the bar is removed it is usually a simple day or out patient surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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