The current gold standard for Pectus Excavatum repair, the Nuss Procedure, is a very difficult surgery. New alternatives are being developed. Among these is the magnetic mini-mover, developed by UCSF. It has completed its initial trials and found mixed results.
The concept is as follows: a magnet is installed behind the breastbone (sternum). The patient wears a device around their chest for about 16 hours a day. It also has a magnet on it. Over time, the hope is that the magnet from the brace will pull on the chest wall, correcting the indent caused by Pectus.
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Here are some of the findings
- Of the 10 patients who underwent the treatment, only 5 had improvements in their Haller index. The improvements were not substantial.
- There were no major complications directly caused by the device.
- The average cost of the treatment wasa bout $40k, whereas the average cost of Nuss is about $80k
- Overall, the treatment was only acceptable in young, prepubertal patients.
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