How is pectus carinatum treated?
Treatment for pectus carinatum starts with bracing.
Chest wall treatment specialists at Children’s Hospital Colorado believe in providing patients with the safest and most effective treatment methods, starting with non-surgical options. Using a pectus carinatum brace is a good treatment for most patients under 17 years old because the chest wall is still flexible. Your child will wear an adjustable brace that goes around the chest, putting pressure on the outside to slowly flatten the cartilage.
Wearing the brace
The pectus carinatum brace will need to be worn for one to two years, or until your child is fully grown. Your child will start wearing the brace for a few hours a day and work up to wearing the brace for 12 to16 hours a day.
After a significant correction is obtained, which can take longer than a year, your child can start wearing the brace for fewer hours a day but will still need to wear it to keep the chest from pushing out again.
Pectus carinatum surgery
If bracing doesn’t work, your child’s condition is more severe, or if he or she is too old for bracing, pectus carinatum surgery is an option. The surgery includes removing the extra cartilage around the breastbone (sternum).
This procedure requires a four to five day hospital stay. Your child will have activity restrictions in place after the surgery until the cartilage grows back, which takes approximately six months.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for your child’s pectus carinatum treatment?
We specialize in pectus carinatum treatment
Our pediatric care team is one of the most experienced teams in the Rocky Mountain Region specializing in chest wall deformity treatment. Patients and families are supported by a team of experts dedicated to caring for kids and teens before, during and after surgery including:
- Pediatric surgeon
- Pediatric anesthesiologist
- Physical therapist
- Pediatric nurses
- Pediatric radiologists
When surgery is recommended, our families can rest assured knowing that we offer:
- Anesthesiologists who are specialized in keeping kids safe and pain-free during surgery
- Kid-sized equipment, from radiology imaging to the operating room
- Age-appropriate information about what to expect from surgery for patients and siblings
- Collaboration and communication with your primary care doctor to ensure a smooth transition after surgery
Learn more about Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Colorado.
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