Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski

Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
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Phoenix
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Videos

Pectus Surgery Webinar and Q&A session with Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
Surgery collaboration with Mayo Clinic - treating patients with Pectus Excavatum
Pectus Excavatum Surgery - Mayo Clinic
Pectus Excavatum Story-Mayo Clinic
Pectus Excavatum - Mayo Clinic

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9.9
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9.7  (48)
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10.0  (48)
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10.0  (48)
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9.8  (48)
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10.0  (48)
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9.7  (48)
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9.8  (48)
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Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski is a ROCK STAR!!!
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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For the first time in my life, I have the self-confidence that I was lacking when I was growing up. I'm a married 58-year-old man with a 17 year old son. When he was born, I cut the umbilical cord and then made sure he did not have a pectus excavatum. How happy was I to see that my newborn was a healthy baby with a normal chest!

Dr. Jaroszewski by far is the BEST surgeon in the world, in my humble opinion. She made my chest look like a normal man's chest. My heart and lung function has been restored to normal. (In January I was about to die as my heart was in atrial fibrillation and was functioning only at 30%. ) HAH! I am going to have to live another 40 years just to enjoy the darn thing!!!

Thank you so much Dr. Jaroszewski. You've changed my life forever. Thank you too PA Michelle Peterson. You were on top of things and made sure everything ran smoothly. And YES, I am sending baklava for Christmas!

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
2.35
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Nuss Procedure
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9.2
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor 
 
8.5
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10.0
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10.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions 
 
8.0
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10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery 
 
8.5
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8.5
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10.0
Dr. J is in a word amazing. She was super nice to all of my family and made them feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. I'm a physician in Florida and her approach to me was spot on and very helpful and making me feel more comfortable about going through with the procedure. The entire Mayo system was amazing at coordinating everything--went off without a hitch. I'm happy with the results and I think once I can start doing some gym stuff I'll be even happier. But I'm definitely still recovering, so the things I can add in terms of what to expect or what I have experienced beyond what I was expecting..

The genital swelling was crazy. It lasted about a week or so and slowly got better and is gone now but definitely wasn't expecting it to that degree. I don't think I really noticed it quite as much because of all the pain meds...

My procedure was a bit more complicated because I needed a rib plate/screws due to a displaced rib fracture (which I was expecting) and had part of my right middle lung removed and stapled due to a bullae (which was unexpected but necessary). So I may have had more post-op pain than the average procedure. I did the cryoablation of the thoracic nerves which I can't imagine having done this without it. Super helpful. But the idea of then making it through on Tramadol and Ibuprofen for me was a complete pipe dream -- it hurt, I needed oxys in fairly high doses. When I got back to Florida I had to go to a pain management doc to get even more. Overall I was probably taking 50-100 mg of oxycodone a day for a week and a half. Then it took me another week to get off of it with some withdrawal symptoms, and for the last month plus I have just been taking 800mg of ibuprofen every day three times a day around the clock. Now about 8 weeks post-op I'm just on the ibuprofen and the gabapentin and am definitely feeling more normal, but it has been a bit of a rough ride.

Post-op communication has been almost exclusively through Michelle (Dr. J's awesome NP) and Meagan... so I haven't talked to Dr. J but haven't really needed to. When I get my post-op XRs I can tell the bars are still in place so I haven't had anything to really worry about. She did her part which was to be extremely open and personable with my whole family and then do an awesome job on the surgery.

I still wake up feeling like there's a weird horror movie metal cage inside of me (which I wasn't expecting). It's there all the time and is something that has gotten less noticeable but is definitely still there. The feeling of 50 pound weights on my sternum pulling me down has definitely lessened. I still can't really jog but I feel like I'm getting close.. hopefully by week 10-12 I'll be able to start doing some light half miles just to start building back up.

Either from the change in posture or the change in rib angles on the upper spine I recently herniated a disc and now can barely walk due to severe nerve pain in my left leg so now I have to get over that too... I didn't do the physical therapy evaluation during my pre-op visit and I regret it. I recommend not skipping it.

Overall I would do it again and wouldn't have done it anywhere else or with anyone else. Highly recommended Dr. J to anyone who is seriously going to go through with it, and the Mayo system for pectus patients is impressively well coordinated. Just some above things to think about and realize that it's a long recovery and can be a bit rougher than you're expecting depending on what happens.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
4.5
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Nuss procedure queen
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10.0
Ease of Correspondence with Doctor 
 
10.0
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy 
 
10.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations 
 
10.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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Would Recommend to Others 
 
10.0
If you are looking for a surgeon for the Nuss Procedure and are able to go to Dr. J DO IT! I can't describe how passionate and educated she is on what she does. She has every single detail down to a science and everything runs so smooth. I have no other words other than she is amazing and I am so thankful and lucky I was able to go to her and her team. Thank you Dr. J!

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
3.9
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A BIG, BIG THANKS
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
I never thought I would see a day where my "dip" in my chest was gone. I honestly, can't believe it. I'm so thankful Dr. Jaroszewski takes people seriously with this. Before surgery, my heart function was down to 40%. I was extremely fatigued, depressed, and down. My chest always hurt and burned when doing any kind of physical activity and it just kept getting worse. I am glad I did some google research and found Dr. J and made the trip to see her!

My consult with her was long and thorough. My regular doc of 15 years never even knew I had PE. Crazy huh? Even though I have complained of extreme fatigue my whole life to him. Dr. J explains everything so well and she knows EXACTLY what tests to run to show your cardiac output. Im so thankful someone thinks PE is interesting enough to study it and help others who have it.

My surgery was successful. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but its amazing what our bodies can tolerate. Dr. J and her team were so good. They are always a phone call and email away and ALWAYS get back to you in a timely matter.

This surgery isn't easy, but I wouldn't hesitate to let Dr. J do it again if I needed too.

My only complication after surgery was a paralyzed vocal cord. Not sure the total cause but Dr. J helped me find a qualified ENT to check it out and it eventually started moving again on its own about 9 weeks after surgery! So after some speech rehab and strengthening for a couple months. I'm back to teaching and singing and I can't thank her and her team enough.

I am looking forward to taking the bars out in 2.5 years with Dr. J. I know I am in good hands with her.

If you are considering having this done, look no further than Dr. Jaroszweski! Don't waste your time on someone who doesn't know what they are doing.

Thank you Phoenix Mayo, Dr. J and team from the bottom of my now, unsquished heart. :)

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
4
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Go See Dr. Jaroszewski First!!
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Would Recommend to Others 
 
10.0
I should have went to Dr. Jaroszewski first.

Doctor Jaroszewski saved my life after another "skilled surgeon" in chest wall reconstruction nearly killed me. I was conned into believing he was as good as Dr J and I would not have to travel across the country to see her.

The first thing you must know and understand before undergoing a Nuss procedure or any chest wall reconstruction procedure is that it isn't over until the hardware is removed and recovery is complete. It is not about when the bars go in its all about how your chest looks and feels after the ribs settle once they come out. Period.

You must have confidence in your surgeon that they have the artistic ability to foresee the entire process for your specific body type and rib structure. All people and their bodies are different and your surgeon must sense the strength and rigidity of your bony frame work while placing the bars to understand what must happen so that when the hardware is removed your new chest structure settles into a fine form. Chest wall surgery IS AN ART, its takes experience, confidence and, refined talent to create a superb end result - after the bars come out.

I did not understand this and I chose my first surgeon poorly and he nearly killed me.
What follows is my personal horror story and word of warning.

The man I went to initially had a great bedside manner, he talked the talk, he instilled a false sense of confidence in me towards his abilities. He made me believe he was "The Guy for the Job", it was all for show. After an initial bar placement (titanium bars because I tested positive for a nickel allergy) I woke up with my 'dent' only half reduced, my breasts sutured to the side of my ribs and, my rib flairs protruding further out than ever before. H really had a complete disregard of who I was as a small breasted person and never looked forward towards the end result to have a care how I would appear in the mirror. It turned out he cut through the lateral aspect of my breasts without even pushing the tissue up out of the way of his scalpel.

Eight weeks later after the lower bar flipped and entangled under the upper bar, I went into my first revision. This time he said "Don't worry, I got this." just before I went under but I was already committed. When I was finally brought out of anesthesia the following day after a ten hour surgery in which suffered multiple broken ribs, I found myself intubated and in deep fear and pain. This time he placed two stainless steel bars with three stabilizers and steel wire ties (not sutures) to secure everything in place. These are only a small portion of how badly he mutilated my body and I am still battling PTSD after waking up intubated and 'trapped inside my body' in pain with no way to communicate my needs. When I finally was able to look my 'dent' was only slightly more reduced than the first Nuss. In addition, I developed internal contact dermatitis that caused my body to grow new tissue inside of my chest to isolate the bars. Once the outside my skin was on fire, inflamed and painful we became aware of what was happening. As time wore on it became continually more difficult to breath and my heart to pump blood as my organs had less and less room to function. Sixteen months after my first revision Doctor Dawn Jaroszewski was kind enough to take me in and save my life.

Turns out my first surgeon, like many surgeons, was instructed by the manufacture sales representative in how to perform and place the Nuss bars. His fellowship and training did not include chest wall reconstruction. He was a cardiothoracic surgeon who like others was looking to increase his revenue stream by claiming and coning me into feeling like he was well trained and equipped to perform such surgeries.

If a Surgeon says they've been thoroughly trained in chest wall reconstruction question them fiercely, it may save your life. Ask about their fellowship training; where and what they focused on. If a surgeon tells you they've been trained ask them...
- Whom trained you?
- Where did it take place?
- How long did the attending supervise your work?
- How many procedures did you perform under direct supervision of a qualified chest wall surgeon?
- How many Nuss procedures have you performed to completion? (bars out)
- Do you have any patients willing to share their surgical experience with me?

Some folks will even say they've trained under Dr jaroszewski where as in reality they may have only spent a few hours in observation of a single procedure and never actually developed the hands on skills under direct supervision of a skilled chest wall surgeon. So listen carefully to the wording of their answers and question them fiercely.

Don't fall for the sales pitch - song and dance like I did, go see Doctor Dawn Jaroszewski at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale; the first time, the only time. Flat out I will tell you; few if any, have the vision, feel and, skills to perform chest wall reconstruction with as many highly successful outcomes as Dr jaroszewski. Take my advice from where ever you are hop on a train; plane or ,automobile, and get out to Scottsdale to see the only one whom has earned my trust and gratitude after undoing the mess another surgeon created and gave me a new and better lease on life. Dr Jaroszewski is easy to talk to her team is top notch and understand the special needs of pectus patients. The Mayo is a person centered, care focused, specialized hospital and the area is full of easy going things to see and do before and after your procedure. It's a long road so remember its not over until the tall lady takes those bars out and makes her final adjustments. You won't be disappointed.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
6.4
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