What are the activity restrictions 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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Good posture with a straight back (ie, the military posture) is very important following surgery. Patients are also instructed to avoid any bending at the hip and to not slouch for the first month. Regular activity is permitted as pain reduces and mobility increases. Heavy lifting is not permitted for one month following surgery (patients are not allowed to carry heavy book bags for at least 4 wk), and contact sports are to be avoided for at least 3 months. After 3 months, most patients return to normal activities, including sports (eg, baseball, basketball, running, swimming, tennis, jumping). Following bar removal (typically performed in the outpatient setting at 2-3 years after the repair of pectus excavatum), patients are not to be restricted from any activities, except for 5-7 days after this minor procedure.


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