Type of Surgery
Last updated: 02/17/2009
Usual recovery time in the hospital is four to five days. Attention is paid to post-operative pain management. The patient is encouraged to breathe deeply, and receives assistance with movement (to avoid dislodging the bar). After discharge,...
the patient slowly resumes a normal, but restricted, activity level. Most children are able to return to school in two to three weeks, with exercise restrictions for six weeks (no physical education classes, heavy lifting, or athletics).
The pectus excavatum support bar is removed under general anesthesia two to four years after insertion, usually on an outpatient basis. In most cases, patients are able to leave the hospital within one to two hours after bar removal.
Pectus excavatum repair, also called "funnel chest repair" or "chest deformity repair," is a type of surgery performed to correct pectus excavatum, a deformity of the front of the chest wall with depression of the breast-bone
The chest consists of the rib cage and sternum, which protect the upper-abdominal cavity and its contents. Pectus excavatum, also called "funnel chest" or "depressed sternum" is a deformity that is usually diagnosed shortly after birth. In some people, it is not visible until they are older. The exact cause is not known, but it is believed to be due to overgrowth of the rib cartilage connected to the sternum, which results in the sternum being pushed backward toward the spine. Most people have no symptoms, but if the breastbone is pushed back far enough, heart and lung function may be affected. The purpose of pectus excavatum repair surgery is to correct the deformity to improve physical appearance, posture, and breathing.
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