April 15th, 2004
the last few months before bar removal, J was experiencing
off and on discomfort with the bar, mostly the side stabilizers
during his swim training. We met with Dr. Organ, the surgeon
to discuss our options. He recommended that since we were
approaching the two year mark of time the bar had been
placed, it was a good time to schedule removal. J still
had a small dip just below the bar but physically it was
not affecting his results and cosmetically it looked fine.
I expressed concerns about the possibility of the chest
reverting after bar removal. The doctor indicated that
there was only a 2-5% chance of this. The bar removal surgery
was scheduled for Friday, June 18th, 2004.
June 16th 2004
had the usual check up in town with his pediatrician that
is to be completed about a week before surgery. For
the pre surgery appointment, we had to travel to the hospital
where the bar removal surgery was to be performed. The
pre-surgery appointment consisted of checking on patient
information, meeting with an anesthesiologist, an education
session about the day of the surgery (when to arrive, where
to go, restrictions, etc.)
June 18th 2004
surgery was scheduled for 12:00 noon. We had to arrive
at 10:30 a.m. The nurses registered J, checked his vital
signs and provided medication to help him relax. This time
the relaxant made J light headed and intoxicated
but it also took care of the nervousness. He felt comfortable
enough to have his IV placed before going into the operating
was in surgery for a couple of hours and then we got called
to the recovery unit. He woke shortly after we arrived
and proceeded to continue in the humorous way I left him
before. Apart from soreness in the throat and feeling very
week, he was in good spirits. After about 1.5 hours he
was discharged and we headed home.
the four hour drive due to heavy traffic, J began to experience
some pain with the incisions. He drank a soda and had a
couple of crackers as well as some Advil to ease the pain.
Unfortunately he could not keep it down due to usual after
effect of surgery medication as well as car sickness. He
was a bit uncomfortable for the rest of the ride.
in the evening he felt much better and managed to keep
food down and take pain medication. He wanted to sleep
on the couch in an upright position since he has trouble
getting up and down. He made it through the night without
additional pain medication.
was beginning to feel better with no need for pain medication.
He was able to sleep more comfortably in his bed although
still not on his sides. Initially he had a lot of swelling
with the incisions but slowly it began to diminish. After
a week he was beginning to get restless and missed his
regular physical activities.
July 1st, 2004
had his post bar removal surgery follow up today. Everything
went well and the doctor advised that J could resume normal
activities. He suggested vitamin e cream and light rubbing/massage
of the scars to keep the scar tissue from building up.
Next check up in 6 months post bar removal and will include
a pulmonary function test.
had a reoccurance of the condition in the months following
the bar removal attributed to his delayed growth continuing
well into his late teens. Please select Nuss Redo and Nuss
Redo Pics from the menue for more information.