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

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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Once the surgery is done "funnel chest" does not return.
It is a congenital deformity and contrary to many peoples' idea that it "compresses the heart and lungs"this is not true.

In brief: No

Once the surgery is done "funnel chest" does not return.
It is a congenital deformity and contrary to many peoples' idea that it "compresses the heart and lungs"this is not true.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: No

It would be unlikely for funnel chest to recur years after a good repair. The bones do remodel continuously throughout life.
However once the ribs growth pattern is modified by surgical repair and ribs are calcified they remain stable in configuration.

In brief: No

It would be unlikely for funnel chest to recur years after a good repair. The bones do remodel continuously throughout life.
However once the ribs growth pattern is modified by surgical repair and ribs are calcified they remain stable in configuration.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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