To help minimize risk, it is important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon and attend regular follow-up appointments. The physical restrictions prescribed by your surgeon are intended to help prevent complications as metallic support bars cannot withstand activity levels and loads equal to those placed on a normal healthy chest wall.

While uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery.  Complications include, but are not limited to:

  • Metal sensitivity reaction or allergic reaction to the implant (Pectus bar) material (metal).
  • Pain, discomfort, or abnormal sensation due to the presence of the device.
  • Surgical trauma including permanent or temporary nerve damage, permanent or temporary damage to heart, lungs, and other organs, body structures or tissues
  • Skin irritation, infection, and pneumothorax (air leaking in the space between the lung and chest wall which may cause the lung to collapse)
  • Fracture, breakage, migration, or loosening of the implant
  • Inadequate or incomplete remodeling of the deformity or return of the deformity, prior to or after removal of the implant
  • Permanent injury or death

For a complete list of risks associated with Zimmer Biomet’s pectus bar, see Patient Risk Information1.

Pectus Excavatum patients with any of the following conditions are not a candidate for treatment with the Pectus Support Bar:

  • Active infection
  • Certain metal allergy or sensitivity
  • Insufficient quantity or quality of bone or tissue to allow chest wall remodeling
  • Mental condition preventing compliance with post-operative care instructions

Patient Education Materials

Patient Guide to Recovery After Pectus Surgery

Information & Resources

FAQ for Pectus

What is the Pectus Bar?

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