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Surgeons 2769
Failed Ravitch
Overall rating 
 
1.8
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor 
 
3.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy 
 
1.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations 
 
2.5
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions 
 
0.5
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure 
 
4.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery 
 
1.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome 
 
1.0
Would Recommend to Others 
 
1.0
I had a Ravitch procedure done by Brian Kogon at Emory last year. My pre-op Haller index was 3.3; it is now 3.7. My chest immediately sunk into itself following surgery. I believe that had internal support (a polypropylene mesh or a support strut) been placed in my chest during surgery the results would be significantly better (although perhaps still imperfect). As it is, I will require a second surgery, and much damage has been done to my cartilage that can only be partly repaired. Before surgery, Brian told me no support would be necessary, and I could expect symmetric, near perfect results. At worst, I would have a "flat chest". Following the surgery, I found Dr. Kogon to be dismissive and unwilling to provide meaningful feedback. It is my belief that this stemmed from the fact that he realized post-op that he had wrongly assumed that the mesh or support strut would not be necessary. When I pressed him on this he was , in my opinion, wholly self-serving. I do not respect how this surgeon treated me after surgery, and would not recommend this doctor.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
3.3
Date of initial surgery/procedure
June 01, 2015
Date of 2nd Surgery
November 01, 2016
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