Ravitch procedure

Last revised by Jeremy Jones on 13 Oct 2021

The Ravitch procedure is one of the corrective surgical treatments for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum. The costal cartilage is removed and the sternum detached before inserting a small bar underneath the sternum to hold it in the desired position. The bar is left implanted until the cartilage grows back; this typically take about 6 months. The bar is subsequently removed in a simple out-patient procedure. 

Complications of Ravitch procedure includes:

While the Ravitch technique is not widely practised because of its invasiveness, it is helpful in certain clinical sitations:

  • in older patients, where the sternum has calcified
  • asymmetrical deformity
  • failure of the Nuss procedure

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