Dr. Hebra is a co-investigator in a multicenter outcomes research study to follow the long-term results of patients who undergo MIRPE surgery. The procedure can now safely be done in children as young as seven years of age, and through the late teens. In fact, Dr. Hebra has received special permission to treat several adult pectus patients.
"We recently presented our experience to the Society of Thoracic Surgery with adult patients who were treated with this technique," he explains. "Our report, which was published in the American Surgeon journal, is one of the first published on this technique being applied to adult patients."
"The minimally invasive technique has revolutionized the treatment of pectus excavatum in children and adults. Since its first description in the surgical literature almost 10 years ago, the operation has had several technical refinements and is now considered highly effective in the treatment of this congenital chest wall malformation. The modern trend in surgery is to provide less invasive treatment options without compromising outcomes."
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