What dietary modifications are helpful following surgical repair of pectus excavatum?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Dietary restrictions are not indicated. Note that constipation is common after operative repair of pectus excavatum, probably because of the use of narcotics for postoperative pain management. Thus, a high-fiber diet and use of laxatives is recommended early after surgical repair. Normal bowel function should resume after discontinuation of all pain medications.


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