Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski

Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
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# of Ravitch

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City
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(50)
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Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
9.8(50)
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10.0(50)
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9.7(50)
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Marco's Bars Removal
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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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We are Italian and came to Phoenix to have Dr. Jaroszewski as a surgeon. This is my second review for Dr. Jaroszewski, who implanted two bars to my son Marco in July 2017, when he was 13 yo (please see the review "An Insuperable Pectus Surgeon" August 20, 2017"). Three years have flown by and, the time has finally come to remove the bars.
The preop-visit with Dr. Jaroszewski was a very intense moment. It was like a reunion with a close relative of our family that we hadn't seen for three years. We were greeted wonderfully by her and her staff (thanks to Megan and Michelle, and also to Carla for organizing everything).
Dr. Jaroszewski examined my son's chest and said that all looked great! She explained to us how the intervention would take place, the possible complications, and how these would eventually be addressed, including her personal case histories.
She told us that, during the surgery, they would monitor Marco's cardiac functions using transesophageal echocardiography to be sure that, during and after the bars extraction, no hemodynamic hearth changes or pericardial effusion takes place.
She also explained to us that besides the general anesthesia, they would carry out regional nerve block anesthesia to improve the management of postoperative pain. She also informed us about pain control therapy.
Our surgery was scheduled for the next day. After the check-in, the staff of Dr. Jaroszewski started the pre-surgery procedures. Mayo Clinic is a superb and wonderful structure where everything works perfectly.
All the nurses who prepared Marco for the surgery were very efficient and professional, and all of them had a smile and comforting words of encouragement. Even a nurse who spoke in Italian came to welcome us (thanks to everyone!).
I was impressed by the anesthesiologist, Dr. Brad Smith, who explained to me the detail of the regional nerve blockade. I undoubtedly accepted the procedure because I understand the benefits, and for the total trust, I have in Dr. Jaroszewski and her staff.
Dr. Smith immediately carried out the procedure on Marco in an echo-guided way. Dr. Jaroszewski was also present in the room to monitor the situation.
At that point, I moved to the waiting room and Marco to the surgery room. Every parent knows how hard this moment is. I was in contact by phone with my wife, who was waiting at home close to Mayo (during COVID emergency only one parent could be present).
We were worried but aware that our son was in the talented hands of Dr. Jaroszewski, the best hands of our planet. This has given us priceless relief and comfort. We could not have found better for our son. This exceptional and talented woman knows all about pectus and recognizes every sign even before things can happen.
After about 50 min the Mayo Clinic monitor signaled to me they almost finished the surgery, and Dr. Jaroszewski joined me in the waiting room to inform me that everything had gone very well. She gave me the two bars that had been in my son's chest for three long years.
I moved to the recovery area where I found Marco completely awake. He was drinking some water, and he reported only minor pains.
The operation went well not only from the functional side but also from an aesthetical standpoint (no regression at all). Dr. Smith came in the recovery room to control my son, and also Dr. Jaroszewski checked Marco once more time to be sure that all had gone well.
After a short walk in the recovery room, Marco got dressed, and we went home in Phoenix (after almost 3 hours from the starting of the surgery). At home, Marco immediately walked and ate with appetite.
The surgical procedure went very well, and the regional blockade worked great. Marco used only Ibuprofen and Tylenol the first two days post-surgery, and then only occasional Ibuprofen.
The next day Marco had the x-rays exam and a control-visit with Michelle Peterson. Everything turned out to be perfect, and the incisions looked very good. Marco also met a very gentle social assistant to answer some surveys about our family and his condition.
At the postoperative visit, seven days after surgery, Dr. Jaroszewski found Marco very well and ready to face the long trip to Italy.
It was a very loving moment. Marco was so grateful to Dr. Jaroszewski. He would have liked to embrace her, but it was not possible for the anti-COVID rules. Marco gave her a letter and a present that he likes so much.
Dr. Jaroszewski explained to us what physical exercises to be done to counteract the internal scarring (forming where the bars were previously positioned), which tightens and could cause some regression.
We are now at home, and after two weeks my son feels very better. He is making his exercises without problems.
I am grateful to Dr. Jaroszewski for everything she has done for us. She an extraordinary person also on the human side, very attentive and sensible to understand our situation and help us at her best. Everything exceeded my expectations!
I highly recommend Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski to everyone that has Pectus Excavatum. Please, don't waste time and money, here you can find all the knowledge about pectus excavatum and all the relevant updates of the Nuss surgery. For example, she has introduced nerve cryoablation to eliminate the post-op pain of the Nuss. Now, after the surgery, you can move freely, and no more opioids are necessary to control the pain.
Grazie Dr. Jaroszewski.
Angelo

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
4.2
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The most capable, competent and caring pectus expert out there
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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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I can’t begin to thank Dr. J enough for her expertise, kindness, devotion to my care plan and overall commitment to my deformity. I’ve met an astronomical amount of physicians, surgeons and specialists, but I have yet to find one so diligent and so empathetic. She is truly one of a kind.

Your Pectus Information

Condition
Pectus Excavatum
Pre-Surgery Haller Index
3.5
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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
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
10.0
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Would Recommend to Others
 
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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
Doctor's Friendliness and Courtesy
 
10.0
Clarity of Doctor's Explanations
 
10.0
Accuracy of Doctor's Predictions
 
8.0
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
8.5
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
8.5
Would Recommend to Others
 
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
Overall rating
 
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
Doctor's Apparent Knowledge of Procedure
 
10.0
Doctor's Availability During Recovery
 
10.0
Rate Your Cosmetic Outcome
 
10.0
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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