The Nuss procedure is a procedure for treating pectus excavatum. It is a minimally invasive procedure, which was invented by Donald Nuss. Pectus excavatum is a structural deformity of the anterior thoracic wall in which the sternum and rib cage are abnormally shaped. This produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest. It might be present at birth or develop after puberty.
This ailment can not just impair cardiac and respiratory function but also cause pain in the chest and back. People with this condition might experience severe negative psychosocial effects, and therefore, avoid any activities that expose the chest.
There are multiple risks which are associated with a Nuss procedure, some of them including:
- Pain that can last over a month
- Damage to the lungs or the heart during the procedure
- Pectus excavatum that may come back
- Bars that move out of place
- Fluid around the lung or a collapsed lung