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Your child will remain in the hospital for three to five days following the procedure.
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.
What does the procedure involve?
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.
How many incisions are made?
Two small lateral incisions are made on either side of the chest to insert the bar.
How long will my child stay in the hospital?
Children will normally have to stay three to five days in the hospital.
What is the recovery time?
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.
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