Minimally Invasive Treatment for Pectus Excavatum (Sunken Chest) | Q&A

Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeons Paul Colombani and Fizan Abdullah discuss pectus excavatum, or sunken chest, including the symptoms, diagnosis, minimally-invasive surgical treatment and long term prognosis.

Questions answered:
1. What is Pectus Excavatum? (0:11)
2. What is the history of Pectus Excavatum? (0:25)
3. What is the Haller Index? (0:51)
4. What are the symptoms? (1:14)
5. What tests are needed before surgery? (2:19)
6. What is the Nuss procedure? (2:47)
7. Does the patient have a lot of pain? (3:56)
8. What can a patient expect post-surgery? (4:16)

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