Pectus excavatum is a chest disorder occurring in approximately one of every 1,000 children. This congenital deformity is characterized by a concave, "funnel" shaped chest. The inward facing sternum can apply pressure to the vital organs of the chest, resulting in restricted organ growth and shortness of breath. Mildly present at birth, pectus excavatum usually becomes more serious throughout childhood, often magnifying considerably during the teenage years.
Previously, surgical correction of this deformity was made through an invasive procedure requiring resection of cartilage and bone. Dr. Donald Nuss, in cooperation with Biomet Microfixation, developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure and Pectus Bar Implant to remodel the chest wall over a two-to-three year period.
- Bar's rounded ends and blunt edges discourage tissue destruction during implant insertion
- Pectus Bars come in a variety of lengths, ranging from 7 inches (17.8cm) to 17 inches (43.2cm) to accommodate most pectus excavatum correction procedures.
- Instruments in the Pectus System are designed to increase simplicity during the Nuss Procedure.
- Storage container conveniently houses the entire range of pectus implants and instruments.