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Pectus Excavatum Program

Mild pectus can be treated with exercise, while moderate to severe cases are candidates for surgery.

What are the types of surgical procedures used to treat pectus?

  • Nuss procedure: A minimally invasive surgery that involves reshaping the chest wall by passing a strong metal bar across the chest and under the sternum. 
  • Ravitch procedure: A surgical treatment that involves making an incision across the chest and removing abnormal rib cartilages.

How do we determine if a patient needs surgery to treat pectus?

  • We run an MRI or CT scan of the chest with a Haller index and pectus correction index.
  • We do a pulmonary consultation with pulmonary function studies.
  • We have a cardiology consultation with a cardiac ECHO and EKG and metabolic stress testing.
  • We run a metal allergy test called Allergeaze.
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