Magnetic Pectus Excavatum Repair
Pectus Excavatum or sunken chest is pretty common. However extreme cases like shown above can be dangerous because it hinders lung and heart activity. The usual fix for this is to go in surgically (now a days thorascopically), insert metal bars, and invert it which basically “pops” the chest back out.
It is a fairly simple and routine procedure, however there are several problems that follow it. Children are bed ridden for days, sometimes weeks or months, and are being treated with high dosage pain killers leading to opiate addiction problems.
Dr. Harrison has a new solution. Magnetic plates to help slowly move the chest plate back into place. He uses the same idea as teeth braces, moving small amounts at a time in order to fix the deformity. This allows the patients to not go through any major surgical procedures preventing any complications from happening.
I love seeing these kinds of new developments. Although I love surgery, sometimes cutting is not the best way.