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Your child will remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days following the procedure. At first, your child will be admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for monitoring. In some cases, a ventilator may be used for a few days, but this is temporary.
Most children will be fully recovered in one month and can resume some normal activities. Most children should avoid strenuous activity that involves a lot of twisting and contact sports like football. Your child's rod must be adjusted or replaced over time. This is also a minimally invasive surgery which requires an overnight hospital stay.
Below, find answers to commonly asked questions. Click each item to expand the Q&A for each section.
Q: What does the procedure involve?
The Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib is a curved metal rod that can be attached to a child’s ribs so that his or her chest cavity can grow and expand correctly. Your child will be completely asleep using general anesthesia. Implanted by performing minimally invasive surgery, the titanium rib is connected to the child’s ribs near the spine. The rod, which is fitted based on the child’s size, is secured with hooks on each end. Over time, the device helps straighten the spine and provide space between the ribs.
Q: How many incisions are made?
One large incision and up to five tiny incisions are made in the child’s back.
Q: How long will my child stay in the hospital?
Children will normally stay 10 to 14 days in the hospital.
Q: What is the recovery time?
Most children feel better within the first week, but it takes a month to fully recovery. Your child’s pediatric surgeon will advise on what sort of activities to avoid and how to take precautions so that the device does not become infected or detached.
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