I just had my consult with Dr Daniel Miller in Georgia who works at WellStar Hospital in Kennesaw. He is not talked about much here but has one of the highest volumes in the US of nuss and ravitch procedures. I have a haller index of high 3s and am going for my CT, echo, and lung test this week. The plan is for me to have my surgery over spring break in March.
Here’s where it gets cool. The plan originally was for me to get a normal nuss.. Dr Miller though does a lot of research on Pectus and also does a modified Ravitch procedure with bioabsorable materials instead of a metal mesh or plate. It works really well. I guess they are finally ready to bring that over to the nuss and remove the need for metal bars. He asked me if I was interested in being one of the first patients to do a nuss with a bio absorbable bar that doesn’t need to be taken out and is based off the same material from his custom Ravitch. I obviously said I was interested. So I’m waiting to see if that’s possible and he said so farI was a good candidate, if not I will get a normal nuss.
Either way I’m getting surgery next month and will keep you guys updated.
Sorry for not updating. When getting my pre surgery tests they found I have an ASD (small hole in my heart). Its not a big deal medically I just have to consult with a cardiologist now first before surgery which is going to take some time. I will say Dr Millers office has been great and I recommend him to anyone. Ill post when I get more info on my surgery date. In regards to the new nuss method, Ill share if I learn anything about that too. Im pretty sure he said you need to have very symmetrical PE and not too severe of a defect, because if you watch the video of him and Dr J on youtube he says something similar.