Pectus Excavatum Correction
Pectus excavatum is a common deformity that typically presents as a “divot” in the chest wall. Pectus excavatum can vary in severity and is typically a congenital condition, which means it is present at birth. Dr. Marc DuPéré offers pectus excavatum surgery in Toronto for men and women who feel self-conscious about this condition.
How Can Pectus Excavatum Correction Help?
Pectus excavatum is a deformity in the chest wall. It begins to form while the fetus is still developing. The chest wall becomes too deep, resulting in a visible divot, crater, or dent in the chest. Mild cases of pectus excavatum don’t typically cause any sort of physical symptoms, but severe cases can result in chronic fatigue, exercise intolerance, or breathing difficulties. Surgical treatment of pectus excavatum can remedy both the physical appearance of the condition and the symptoms, resulting in normal respiratory function as well as a smooth, well-proportioned chest. The most severe cases of pectus excavatum are typically treated in childhood, although for most patients it’s best to wait to undergo surgery until the chest has fully developed.
Dr. DuPéré’s Pectus Excavatum Correction Techniques
Dr. DuPéré’s technique for treating pectus excavatum completely depends on the patient’s specific needs. The most common treatment options include the following:
- Pectoral augmentation: This can be achieved through the use of pectoral implants. These firm silicone implants are different from breast implants because they’re solid and designed to feel like natural muscle. The pectoral implants are placed beneath the skin. This approach is best for patients with more mild cases.
- Fat grafting: This popular technique uses liposuction to remove fat from one area of the body to augment another area, especially the buttocks. During a pectus excavatum correction surgery, Dr. DuPéré uses a less invasive form of liposuction to remove the fat, which he then purifies and adds to the chest. He carefully fills in the divot layer by layer to achieve a smooth, attractive result.
- Custom implant: As the most common option for treating pectus excavatum, this technique uses a custom implant that’s been designed to specifically fit the patient. The procedure requires an initial pre-op visit to make a mold of the sunken area. The mold is then sent to a medical device manufacturer where the implant is manufactured. This procedure is most often performed while the patient is fully anesthetized. Dr. DuPéré makes an incision where the chest bone meets the ribs and places the implant. Because the implant has been made to match the patient’s unique anatomy, the result of this approach often looks completely natural.
Risks & Complications
Specific risks of pectus excavatum correction depend on the technique used, although the procedure is no riskier than any other type of surgery. Patients must be mindful of the possibility of infection, excessive swelling, or implant malposition. However, these complications are rare, especially when the surgery is administered by a professional such as Dr. DuPéré. During a personal consultation with your surgeon, the doctor will provide you with specific guidelines about what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure.Back to Top