Repair of Pectus Carinatum
This chapter describes the surgical procedure for “pectus carinatum repair” as performed by the open approach. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as that found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: incision and creation of myocutaneous flaps, exposure of the deformed chest wall, excision of the malformed costal cartilages with osteotomies and cartilaginous interposition, sternal plating, perichondrial plication, and rib reapproximation and closure.