Dr. Daniel Bethencourt performs minimally invasive pectus excavatum to patients throughout Southern, CA.
What is Pectus Excavatum?
Pectus Excavatum is a deformity of the anterior wall of the chest. This deformity causes several ribs and the sternum to grow abnormally. Thought some people see this deformity as cosmetic, if pectus excavatum is severe enough, it can significantly impact cardiac and respiratory function.
Minimally Invasive Repair for Pectus Excavatum
Dr. Daniel Bethencourt offers minimally invasive repair for pectus excavatum. The procedure is a safe and effective repair for a majority of patients.
During the procedure, a C-shaped metal strut is placed behind the breastbone and heart through a small incision on each side of the chest. The incisions create small tunnels and pockets.The C-shaped metal strut is then rotated halfway around to elevate the breastbone and bend the cartilage segments of the ribs.
Recovery from Minimally Invasive Pectus Excavatum Repair
Though minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair decreases recovery time, there are a few rules to follow after going through the operation including:
- No exercise or contact sports until after a postoperative visit with the surgeon
- The patient’s back should remain as straight as possible, especially for the first couple days after surgery.
- Complete recovery takes about two months, but most aerobic activity is encouraged.