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  find a doctor | careers | billing | employees | locations        sign in/register a mychkd account ways to give health library our services about us for patients & families for health professionals home > way to grow! > health information print this page | e-mail this page text size:   |   |   |  biblioteca de salud pectus excavatum correction discharge instructions your child has undergone surgery for the correction of pectus excavatum or sunken chest. Your child now has a a steel bar that goes across his/her chest. The bar usually stays in place for about two to four years. This bar is stable as long as you and your child remember to follow these instructions: your child will need to take it easy for the first four to six weeks after surgery. No karate, judo, gymnastics, or contact sports for the first three months. Avoid heavy lifting for the first two months. No backpacks for three months. Walking is excellent exercise and should be done frequently to build up your child’s strength. Your child should begin walking as soon as you arrive home. After the operation and for the first month at home, remind your child to bend at the hip, do not slouch or slump down when sitting. Good posture will help keep the bar in place. Your child will need to sleep on his/her back the first four weeks after surgery. Your child may bathe or shower on the fifth day after surgery. Paper band-aids (steri-strips) on the incisions will slowly come off as your child bathes or showers. They can be completely removed after 7-10 days. viagra online cheap generic viagra cheap viagra online cheap viagra uk delivery cheap viagra generic best price generic viagra online generic viagra online cheap viagra online buy cheap viagra viagra for sale Cpr can be performed if it is needed. Compressions will need to be delivered with more force because of the steel bar. Defibrillation for cardiac arrest may be performed if needed. Front to back defibrillation pad placement is necessary while the bar is in place. You will be given an application for a medical alert bracelet at discharge. The bracelet will alert emergency medical services personnel and other healthcare providers about the steel bar. This will let them know to push harder during compressions and to place defibrillation pads correctly. Magnetic resonance imaging (mri) examinations can be performed. The bar may cause an artifact if the mri is of the chest or upper abdomen. Call the doctor if any of these problems develop: fever persistent coughing (does not stop) chest pain, especially with deep breaths redness, drainage or swelling at the incision sites under the arms any breathing difficulties any injury to the chest that co.
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