Pectus excavatum Correction

Pectus Excavatum is the most common congenital disorder (present at birth) of the anterior chest wall. It is the result of abnormal growth of the cartilages between the ribs and the breastbone (sternum). The abnormal growth causes the sternal bone to move inward and sometimes causes the sternum to rotate to one side or the other. It usually involves the middle-lower portion of the sternum and may worsen with age.

A surgical technique used to treat most forms of Pectus Excavatum it involves placing an implant under the skin, soft tissue and muscle layer in front of the breast bone to mask the deformity. Compared to other types of surgery which correct the deformity it is a minor less invasive surgical procedure.

Previously the results of such implants were variable depending on patient selection, technique used and implant inserted. More recently, custom-made implants based on 3D reconstructive technologies have been developed which significantly improve on the cosmetic result.

A prosthetic pectus implant is a less intrusive non-corrective procedure, with generally quicker recovery time. It offers an alternative to more invasive corrective surgery particularly in patients with no symptoms or functional problems.

As with all surgery there are risks associated, patients can experience swelling, redness and sometimes a loss of sensation which in most cases returns, although this can take up to several months. There are some more uncommon risks for example hematoma, seroma and infection which on occasion may require further surgical intervention.

Following the first few days after your Breast Augmentation, you should expect to experience soreness and swelling, which can last for several weeks. You should avoid exercise and strenuous activity for about four to six weeks. You will wear a special support bra for a few weeks.