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How hard is the recovery from a pectus excavatum repair?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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