My son had surgery for bar removal on July 22, 2014 at 6:30 am at the Children’s Medical Center Hospital, Augusta Georgia. The bar exited quite easily, yet, he did develop a complication during surgery, a pneumothorax.
A pneumothorax (noo-mo-THOR-acks) is a collapsed lung. Pneumothorax occurs when air leaks into the space between your lungs and chest wall. This air pushes on the outside of your lung and makes it collapse. In most cases, only a portion of the lung collapses.
A pneumothorax can be caused by a blunt or penetrating chest injury, certain medical procedures involving your lungs, or damage from underlying lung disease. Or it may occur for no obvious reason. Symptoms usually include sudden chest pain and shortness of breath.
A small, uncomplicated pneumothorax may quickly heal on its own. When the pneumothorax is larger, doctors usually insert a flexible tube or needle between your ribs to remove the excess air.
* My son’s pneumothorax was treated in the hospital with heavy oxygen via mask for 24 hours. His surgeons, Dr. Charles Howell and Dr. Walter Pipkin, along with PA Diane Bairas, were wonderful and compassionate. At home, he uses a spirometer to strengthen his lungs and to help resolve completely his collapsed lung.
(Pectus bar removal must be considered a major surgical intervention that can potentially lead to complications.)
~Edit–Two week post operative appointment showed that the surgical incisions and collapsed lung are healing nicely, wonderful news!—He will continue to have follow-up appointments with his surgeon.
I can’t believe that it has been three years!
My son’s bar removal is scheduled for July 22, 2014 at the Children’s Medical Center Hospital, Augusta, Ga.
This is a very family centered children’s hospital. Each patient’s room
has a truffle bed for overnight family visitors and is also equipped with a small refrigerator. In addition, each hall has a washer/dryer room and a computer. On the 4th floor is an outside balcony to bask in the sunshine. And on the first floor is a McDonalds.
FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENT today November 18, 2013. Everything is well. Eight months before Nuss bar removal!
This week my son and I joyfully delivered supplies to the Augusta Ronald McDonald house. A temporary home for Moms and Dads of little patients at the Children’s Medical Center, Augusta, Ga.
Today, July 19, 2013, is the two year mark. One year to go before Nuss bar removal.