If your child has been consistently wearing the brace for about two years, but the condition has not dramatically improved, then doctors may recommend pectus carinatum surgery to correct it. This is uncommon.
Surgery involves removing the abnormal rib cartilages and sometimes altering the sternum (breastbone). The operation to repair severe or refractory carinatum takes about 2-3 hours, and a hospital stay of 4-6 days. The results are generally excellent.
If you have questions or concerns about this condition and its treatment, please call the Surgery Clinic: Children's Mercy Kansas at (913) 696-8570 or the Adele campus at (816) 234-3199.
If you are concerned about insurance coverage or pectus carinatum brace cost, Children’s Mercy’s health specialists can provide details.