Nuss procedure decreases sport difficulties

By | January 1, 2019

A recent study of 127 patients published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery found that 1 year after surgical correction, physical activity caused fewer complaints and was associated with fewer difficulties in patients with Pectus excavatum (PE).

We know that exercise is not a total fix for PE, but people with PE commonly engage in exercise or sports. This study aimed to determine whether people with PE experience improvements in sports abilities following surgery.

The study included 100 males and 17 females, all of which underwent the Nuss Procedure. The average age of the patients included was 16.2 and the average Haller index was 3.9.

Before surgery, 67% of the patients were involved in sports, and 12 months after surgery, there were 65% of patients involved in sports. Thus, the number of patients involved in sports did not change. However, patients reported improvements in coping with difficult physical exercise, difficult sport activities, and less avoidance of daily activities.

This study provides further support for potential improvement in the quality of life following the Nuss procedure in patients with PE. However, the study did not include a control group of individuals who did not undergo PE surgery, so the results should be interpreted with caution. Furthermore, this study did not include a significant portion of patients with a severe Haller index, given that their average Haller index was just 3.9.

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