Pectus Surgery in India brings a ray of hope, opening doors to a life of newfound freedom and confidence. Pectus Excavatum is a congenital condition characterized by the abnormal inward depression of the breastbone (sternum) and adjacent costal cartilages, creating a sunken appearance in the chest. Beyond the physical aspects, this condition can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem, overall quality of life and sometimes respiratory function as well.
Pectus Surgery in India: The Nuss Procedure
One of the most transformative breakthroughs in Pectus Excavatum correction is the Nuss Procedure. This minimally invasive surgical technique has revolutionized the treatment landscape, enabling patients to reclaim their confidence and vitality.
The Nuss Procedure: A Minimally Invasive Approach to Pectus Correction
Patient Evaluation and Preparation:
Before undergoing the Nuss procedure, a comprehensive evaluation is conducted to determine the patient’s suitability for surgery. This evaluation includes a thorough medical history review, physical examination, and diagnostic tests such as chest X-rays, CT scans, and cardiac assessments. The patient’s age, severity of the Pectus Excavatum, and overall health are all taken into consideration during this process.
On the day of the procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia to ensure they remain unconscious and pain-free throughout the surgery.
Unlike traditional open surgeries, the Nuss procedure employs small incisions, usually on the sides of the chest, to access the sternum. These incisions are strategically placed to minimize scarring and promote faster healing.
Insertion of the Nuss Bar:
A specialized curved metal bar, typically made of stainless steel or titanium, is inserted beneath the sternum through the incisions. The Nuss bar acts as a support structure to elevate the depressed sternum to a more natural position. The precise curvature of the bar is determined based on the individual’s chest wall anatomy.
Bar Placement and Rotation:
Once the Nuss bar is correctly positioned, it is rotated to lift the sternum outward, effectively correcting the deformity of the chest wall. The bar is then secured in place using stabilizing sutures or clips.
Monitoring and Recovery:
After the Nuss procedure, the patient is closely monitored in the recovery room until they wake up from anesthesia. Pain management and post-operative care protocols are initiated to ensure the patient’s comfort and a smooth recovery process.
Hospital Stay and Follow-up:
The length of the hospital stay can vary depending on the patient’s age, overall health, and the surgical team’s assessment. In some cases, patients may be discharged within a few days, while others may require a slightly longer hospital stay. Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon are scheduled to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns or questions the patient may have.
Removal of the Nuss Bar:
The Nuss bar remains in place for a certain period, typically ranging from 2 to 4 years, allowing the chest wall to stabilize and heal properly. After this period, a second surgery is performed to remove the bar in a relatively simple procedure. Patients are usually discharged on the same day or the following day after bar removal.
India’s reputation as a medical destination of choice continues to soar, and for a good reason. Boasting world-class healthcare facilities, accomplished surgeons, and a commitment to patient-centric care, India offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking Pectus Excavatum correction. Whether you hail from India or across the globe, our doors are open, and our hearts are dedicated to providing you with the care and expertise you deserve.
Patient-Centric Care: Empowering Your Journey:
At the heart of every successful Pectus Surgery lies the importance of patient-centric care. As your dedicated thoracic surgeon, Dr. Kamran Ali understands that your journey is as unique as you are. From your initial consultation to post-operative follow-ups, our team ensures that you are heard, informed, and supported every step of the way.
(Note: The information provided in this blog is for patient education purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is essential to consult a qualified medical professional for personalized diagnosis and treatment.)