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Current Issue: Anderson had surgery on July 17 to correct the Pectus Excavatum using a Nuss Surgery which places a concave stainless steel bar through two incisions in the side of the chest and is then slipped under the sternum. A third, smaller incision is made to insert a thoracoscope (small camera) used to help guide the bar. The bar is then flipped, and the sternum pops out. To support the bar and keep it in place, a metal plate called a stabilizer may be inserted with the bar on one side of the torso. PDS sutures may also be used in addition to the stabilizer. The stabilizer fits around the bar and into the ribcage. The bar and stabilizer are secured with sutures that dissolve in about six months. The bar itself remains for several years and then must be surgically removed. Anderson will remain in the hospital for at least a week for this current surgery as the post-operative pain control can be quite challenging and is considered one of the more difficult recoveries of any operations for children. His at home recovery after this will also take several months to fully recover.
Need: The need for funding occurs due to Anderson's parents are still paying for his significant medical bills incurred during his stay in the hospital in 2010. The out of pocket costs for this current surgery also will be quite significant causing further financial distress. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
- Bryan and Wilma Newman
- Norman Brinson
- Sharon Slike
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