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How long will the procedure to fix pectus excavatum take?
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
In a 2008 review of ~2000 procedures the time ran from 28-200 min for the primary nuss procedure.
Average hospital stay was 5.5 days. Removal of hardware was routeinly done as an outpatient 2-3 yrs later. British usually do @10yo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2474598/ ?Tool=pmcentrez.

In brief: Depends
In a 2008 review of ~2000 procedures the time ran from 28-200 min for the primary nuss procedure.
Average hospital stay was 5.5 days. Removal of hardware was routeinly done as an outpatient 2-3 yrs later. British usually do @10yo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2474598/ ?Tool=pmcentrez.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: It depends.
It depends upon the technique used and the severity of the deformity.
Open repair with sternal osteotomy and cartilage resection will take 3-4 hours. The Nuss procedure usually takes 60-90 minutes for single bar placement. The placement of additional bars for more severe deformities may add another 45 minutes to the procedure.

In brief: It depends.
It depends upon the technique used and the severity of the deformity.
Open repair with sternal osteotomy and cartilage resection will take 3-4 hours. The Nuss procedure usually takes 60-90 minutes for single bar placement. The placement of additional bars for more severe deformities may add another 45 minutes to the procedure.
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