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Is there anything you can do for only a minor sunken chest that doesn't involve surgery?

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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In many circumstances, there is no way to prevent a mild pectus deformity from progessing to a severe one.
However, exercises to improve posture & those that involve sustained aerobic exercise can help to minimize worsening of the deformity. A figure-of-8 brace can be worn to facilitate correct posture.

In brief: Yes

In many circumstances, there is no way to prevent a mild pectus deformity from progessing to a severe one.
However, exercises to improve posture & those that involve sustained aerobic exercise can help to minimize worsening of the deformity. A figure-of-8 brace can be worn to facilitate correct posture.
Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not much

There are newer techniques which are less invasive, which are similar to braces for the teeth which involve rods inserted behind the sternum to gently push it out over 2-5 years to achieve normal shape.
A minor pectus excavatum (sunken chest) is more a cosmetic problem, so doing nothing is also a fair option.

In brief: Not much

There are newer techniques which are less invasive, which are similar to braces for the teeth which involve rods inserted behind the sternum to gently push it out over 2-5 years to achieve normal shape.
A minor pectus excavatum (sunken chest) is more a cosmetic problem, so doing nothing is also a fair option.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Yes

If the defect is pectus excavatum and is minor even a cosmetic procedure would involve surgery but of a lesser nature.
The defect would have to be "filled" and this would involve placement of somwe type of prosthesis and would fall under plastic surgery. A nuss procedure could also fix defect by modifying the chest wall permanently.

In brief: Yes

If the defect is pectus excavatum and is minor even a cosmetic procedure would involve surgery but of a lesser nature.
The defect would have to be "filled" and this would involve placement of somwe type of prosthesis and would fall under plastic surgery. A nuss procedure could also fix defect by modifying the chest wall permanently.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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