At Mayo Clinic, specialists from pulmonary medicine, cardiology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation work with surgeons to care for children and adults who have pectus carinatum.
What type of doctor do you see for pigeon chest?
If you or your child has pectus excavatum, you might first discuss the condition with your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in pediatric or thoracic surgery.
Does insurance cover pectus carinatum surgery?
Indications for Coverage Surgical repair of Pectus Carinatum may be considered reconstructive and medically necessary. Requests for coverage of repair of Pectus Carinatum will be reviewed by a UnitedHealthcare Medical Director on a case-by-case basis.
Does xray show pectus carinatum?
A pectus carinatum may be demonstrated on lateral chest radiographs or cross-sectional imaging of the chest.
Can a brace fix pectus carinatum?
The outlook for children with pectus carinatum is excellent with the use of a chest brace. Braces are often effective in reversing the outward appearance of the sternum. In some situations, surgery may be needed to correct the deformity.
How expensive is pectus surgery?
Cost of SIMPLE Pectus Surgery The cost for the SIMPLE Pectus surgery for pectus excavatum can vary from $15,000 to $25,000. This is considerably less than the cost of Nuss and Ravitch procedures since no hospital stay is needed.
Does pigeon chest get worse?
Pigeon chest is unlikely to get better by itself. In some mild cases, weightlifting and exercise can build muscles in the chest, which can help to mask the shape of the breastbone.