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Doctor insights on: Will A Surgery For A Funnel Chest Ever Revert Years After The Surgery Is Done

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Will a surgery for a funnel chest ever revert years after the surgery is done?

Will a surgery for a funnel chest ever revert years after the surgery is done?

Yes: Pectus excavatum can recur after surgical repair. This is particularly true when the repair is done before puberty. For this reason, most repairs are now done around 14 years of age. The overall recurrence rate is somewhere between 1-3% and is higher in patients with underlying connective tissue diseases. ...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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Please help! when should people with funnel chest have surgery?

Please help! when should people with funnel chest have surgery?

Funnel chest: Depending on the degree of deformity, surgery may need to be initiated when and if respiratory distress occurs in pre adolescence. ...Read more

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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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After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

No: If it is standard funnel chest or pectus excavatum with no associated disease the chest will heal well and the patient can return to full activity after a predetermined time. ...Read more

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Concaved chest - pectus excavatum, can I have chest implants/plastic surgery?

Concaved chest - pectus excavatum, can I have chest implants/plastic surgery?

Consider all options: Yes, a concave chest may be treated with implants. It is important to consider the underlying cause and ensure that the treatment treats the cause as well as the cosmetic appearance. ...Read more

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Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and i assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

Funnel chest: Funnel chest is a genetic or embryonic variation in rib cage and sternum developement. There is nothing you can do about its development, which will just run its own course. It is usually just a cosmetic problem and rarely causes symptoms. The best thing you can do if you are having any symptoms from it (like exercise intolerance) is to exercise more (conditioning). ...Read more

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Funnel chest - are you born with it or does it develop?

Yes...to both.: While most infants are born with definitive features of funnel chest--also known as pectus excavatum--others may not develop to a point of concern until months or years later. There has been much meaningful research on the surgical treatment of the funnel chest lately. If you have not contacted a pediatric surgeon recently about this you should call soon. Are you near john hopkins hospitals? ...Read more

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Can you get surgury to sort out a funnel chest if so how old do you have to be?

Yes: The condition is called pectus excavatum if the breastbone is sunken or pectus carinum if it protrudes abnormally. Pectus excavatum can cause problems with the heart and lungs if it is severe enough. Both can be treated with an operation. ...Read more