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New Video Post Shows Minimally Invasive Procedure To Correct Sunken Chest Syndrome
Date:11/3/2009

Recently, Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. has started posting surgical videos as part of a new section on its website called "Baptist Medical News Network." Baptist offers a minimally invasive surgery to correct sunken chest syndrome in pediatric patients. As part the new portion of Baptist's website to integrate video of surgical procedures, Baptist decided to demonstrate this unique procedure by way of video.

Jackson, Miss. (Vocus) November 3, 2009 -- Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. offers a minimally invasive surgery to correct sunken chest syndrome in pediatric patients. As part the new portion of Baptist's website to integrate video of surgical procedures, Baptist decided to demonstrate this unique procedure by way of video.

Sunken chest syndrome, called pectus excavatum, affects about one out of every 1,000 children. It is a malformation in which the ribs and chest wall appear indented or sunken toward the spine.

"When we first launched the sunken chest syndrome press release in 2004, we received a good result from people dealing with this medical condition and looking for help," said Baptist Spokesman Robby Channell. "This year, we were able to incorporate video of medical procedures in our corporate communication strategy. Since the initial press release returned huge results, we thought it would be good to show how this procedure is performed, and the surgeon, Dr. Koury, agreed."

The Nuss procedure, the newest technique for correcting sunken chest, is performed by thoracic surgeon Dr. Michael Koury at Baptist. In the procedure, a small incision is made on each side of the rib cage. Next, a curved, custom-shaped, stainless steel rod is woven through the rib cage beneath the sternum. Once in place, the rod is rotated, turning the curved portion against the chest wall, and pushing the ribs and chest out. The rod is secu
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