My son had surgery for bar removal on July 22, 2014 at 6:30 am at the Children’s Medical Center, 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 with heavy oxygen via mask for 24 hours. His surgeons, Dr. Charles Howell and Dr. Walter Pipkin, along with PA Diane Barras, were wonderful and compassionate. At home, he continues to use a spirometer to strengthen his lungs.
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.
“O Angel of God, whom God hath appointed to be my guardian,
enlighten and protect, direct and govern me.”
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.
My son had a follow-up appointment today. Everthing looks great and he is set to have his Nuss bar removed in the summer of 2014. I must reiterate that his surgeons did a remarkable job, especially because his pectus excavatum was so severe. All praise and glory to God!