What are major complications after pectus excavatum repair surgery?

Possible complications from surgical repair of pectus excavatum include:

  • Pneumothorax (air around the lung).
  • Bleeding.
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung).
  • Infection.
  • Bar displacement.
  • Pectus excavatum recurrence (comes back) after the bar is removed.
  • Injury to surrounding structures.

Is Nuss procedure dangerous?

Are There Any Risks From the Nuss Procedure? There are risks with any surgery, including bleeding, infection, and problems with anesthesia. Specific risks for the Nuss procedure include: pain that can last a month or more.

Can pectus excavatum return after surgery?

Pectus excavatum (PE) can recur after both open and minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) techniques. The cause of recurrence may differ based on the initial repair procedure performed.

How do I know if my pectus excavatum is severe?

Your pectus excavatum is more severe if you are affected by the following:

  1. Chest pain.
  2. Heart problems.
  3. Breathing problems.
  4. Rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations.
  5. Recurrent respiratory infections.
  6. Wheezing or coughing.
  7. Chest pain.
  8. Heart murmur.

Is pectus excavatum genetic?

Conclusions: Pedigree analysis of 34 families provides evidence that pectus excavatum is an inherited disorder, possibly of connective tissue. Although some families demonstrate apparent Mendelian inheritance, most appear to be multifactorial.

Does pectus excavatum get better with age?

Pectus excavatum symptoms in adults Symptoms can sometimes get worse with age. You can read more about pectus excavatum surgery for adults here.

How long do Nuss bars stay?

Because the sternum is forced outward and held under great pressure, the Nuss procedure results in more pain and discomfort than the modified ravitch procedure. The steel structs must remain in place for approximately 2-4 years in order to properly reform the chest.