Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

Learn What to Expect From Pectus carinatum

  • Talk to your doctor about your child’s medications/vitamins/herbs. Some may need to be discontinued a week prior to surgery.
  • Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that could impact surgery or anesthesia.
  • Do not give your child anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before the surgery.
  • Blood samples are taken in case your child needs a blood transfusion.

On the Day of the Surgery

  • Do not allow your child to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
  • Only give your child medications that the surgeon has recommended with a small sip of water.
  • You will receive a call from the hospital about arrival time.

After Surgery

Your child will remain in the hospital for four to seven days following the procedure.

  • Pain is common after this surgery. IV pain medications will be administered for the first few days.
  • Tubes will be inserted at the incision sites to help drain fluid from the chest. They will remain in place until the draining stops.
  • A day after surgery, your child will be encouraged to sit up in bed, take deep breaths and walk for short distances.
  • He or she will not be allowed to bend, twist or turn at first so that the bar has time to set in place.
  • Your child will be prescribed antibiotics to take while he or she recovers.
  • Your child will be able to shower five days after surgery.

Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks

Most children will need pain medications for the first month. Usually it takes a month or two for your child to fully recover and resume normal activities. Your child’s pediatric surgeon can advise as to what sports are allowed.

Questions & Answers

Q:

What does the procedure involve?

A:

After your child receives general anesthesia, the surgeon makes two small lateral incisions on each side of the chest. Using a thoracoscope (small diameter telescope) to visualize the chest, a C-shaped bar is inserted subcutaneously through two small lateral incisions. The bar is located at the point of maximum protrusion, placed in front of the sternum and fixed in a compressing position to the ribs on either side. The bar is normally removed after two to three years during an outpatient procedure.

Q:

How many incisions are made?

A:

Two small lateral incisions are made on either side of the chest to insert the bar.

Q:

How long will my child stay in the hospital?

A:

Children will normally have to stay four to seven days in the hospital.

Q:

What is the recovery time?

A:

Most children will need pain medications for the first month. It typically takes a month or two for your child to fully recover and resume normal activities. Your child’s pediatric surgeon can advise on what sports are allowed.