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Pectus Excavatum Surgery Blog
Thursday, 21 July 2005

Topic: Recovery
I did it! I got the surgery on Tuesday, July 12, and I stayed in the hospital until Saturday. Which, might I say, was not pleasant!
First of all, the Hospital food was absolutely HORRIBLE!!!:( I think that that is the reason why I repeatedly got sick to my stomach, which hurt a lot.
Second of all, I couldn't get a good night's sleep, thanks to the nurses! As a result, I am always really tired. Which, is I guess good if I want to sleep through the pain, and that is always nice.
Still, I am really glad that I got the surgery done, I mean, it is totally worth it- my chest is completely normal now! Yep, no more fun creeping my brother out, no more putting tennis balls and oranges in there, no more putting water in there...oh well.
Lately I have been experiencing really bad itching at my incision are, on my sides.It is getting really, red and it looks really strange. Calamine lotion seems to help a little, but only for about an hour or so.I think I will contact my doc for that...

Posted by band3/trumpet_gurl at 8:57 AM MDT
Updated: Thursday, 21 July 2005 9:06 AM MDT
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Friday, 24 June 2005
Pectus Excavatum Surgery
Mood:  not sure
Topic: I am so Anxious...
For those of you who don't know, Pectus Excavatum is a chest deformity where your chest is sunken in. It is very personal, and can affect not only breathing , but can cause a negative self esteem, especially when a child reaches the puberty stage. It looks like someone punched the person in the chest. It is about 3 and 1/2 centimeters deep if it is severe or moderate. It is most common in boys, but can also be found isn girls.
Obviously, you want and havee to correct this , and by this I mean you would have to get surgery. The surgery is about 90 minutes long. What happens during this time is a thick, long bar is inserted through your under arms where a slit is made. Then, they push it through to the other side of your body. (your other under arm) The bar is there to try and "pop" out the sunken chest. The bar is left in place for three years to make a "new" chest. After those three years, the bar is taken out with yet another surger in hope that the body has molded fully to the new shape.
So, you can see why I am so worried about the PE (Pectus Excavatum) surgery. Wish me luck, the big day is coming up!

Posted by band3/trumpet_gurl at 10:07 AM MDT
Updated: Friday, 24 June 2005 10:35 AM MDT
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