A diagnosis can be made with a fairly simple physical examination. Common questions that a physician might ask include:
Your physician may suggest other tests to check for associated concerns with your heart and lungs. These tests can assist physicians in visualizing the dip in the breastbone and the placement of the heart as well as monitoring heart and lung function. Tests may include:
Pectus excavatum is not preventable, but it is treatable. Patients should seek treatment if they are having physical symptoms and/or psychological symptoms from their pectus condition. Patients are considered candidates for corrective surgery with the following criteria:
Only a medical professional can determine the appropriate treatment for any specific condition. Talk to your doctor about the Nuss Procedure and the associated risks, which include, but are not limited to:
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Talk to your surgeon about whether the MIRPE/Nuss procedure is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, loosening or failure, and pain, swelling and infection. Zimmer Biomet does not practice medicine; only a surgeon can answer your questions regarding your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.