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I would describe pectus excavatum as a congenital chest wall anomaly that causes the sternum to be concave and it's an abnormality of the costal cartilages not necessarily the sternum, so you see a pectus excavatum get worse during a growth phase of a child.
Patients can breathe better after having this corrected it also improves their self-esteem.
The surgery is very routine here at mayo clinic we do 30 to 50 a year we've done over 500 since we started doing these procedures.
And because we've added cryotherapy to our pain management program, we've gone from a four to five day hospital stay now to an overnight procedure so people can come in have their surgery and go home the next day.
We use a minimally invasive cryoablation probe to freeze the intercostal nerves temporarily which results in patients having a very low or no opioid requirement after surgery. They're able to ambulate the same day and they're able to go home the next day often without any opioids at home either. It's really revolutionized pain management after this procedure.
The children's center at mayo clinic is a multi-disciplinary group of people it's not just pediatricians.
We have the expertise of multiple world experts that will work with us to provide the expert level of care that you deserve.
Ultimately our goal is to get them back home and getting them back to a happy healthy life.
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