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What is Magnetic mini-mover procedure?

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What is magnetic mini-mover procedure?

Chest consists of the rib cage and sternum, which help protect the upper-abdominal cavity and its contents. Pectus excavatum is a condition in which there is an overgrowth of the rib cartilage connected to the sternum. This results in the sternum being pushed backwards towards the spine. The condition is usually diagnosed shortly after the birth but in some people it is not visible until the person is quite old. Most people do not even experience any symptoms. But since the breastbone is pushed back far enough, the functioning of the heart and ling is affected. A surgery is required to correct pectus excavatum. It results in improved breathing, and improved physical appearance and posture. 

Magnetic mini-mover procedure is a relatively new method to correct pectus excavatum. The procedure makes use of two magnets, one is implanted inside the chest and the other is worn outside for creating a controlled, outward pull on the depressed breastbone. Over a period of months, the procedure is able to correct the deformity gradually. Some people believe that the underlying principle of magnetic mini-mover is the same as that of correcting misaligned teeth using orthodontic braces.

There are several benefits of the magnetic-mini mover procedure compared to traditional surgeries for correcting pectus excavatum. The major ones are:

  • The procedure is minimally invasive, patients can go back home the same day
  • Patients experience minimal pain and discomfort during gradual improvement or correction of the sternum
  • Patients can resume normal activities immediately after the surgery. There is no restriction of any sort to the normal physical activities
  • If any corrections or alterations are required, it can be done easily using the external magnatract device. There is no need for additional surgery
  • Doctors are able to monitor the patient’s compliance in wearing external magnatract device by using a built-in pressure recorder

Who is the best candidate?

Both adults, as well as children who are suffering from pectus excavatum can get the magnetic mini-mover procedure. The aim of the Magnetic Mini Mover procedure is to allow the rib cartilage to move to a more normal position by gradually correcting the chest wall over a period of months. However, in order to qualify for this treatment, the child must be between 8 and 14 years of age. He or she should be having significant pectus excavatum but no other health problem. Further, the child should be in early or mid-puberty.

Side effects:

The internal magnets that are used in this procedure are laser-welded in titanium cases that promise biocompatibility and safety for the child. The static magnetic field that is created within the body has no significant effect on the heart or other parts of the body. Further, studies have demonstrated that long-term exposure to magnetic fields is not at all harmful. But like most treatments, there are certain risks and side-effects associated with the magnetic mini-mover procedure. The biggest risk is that it can inactivate the implanted device like an artificial pacemaker. Certain studies have shown that it may affect the skin and other vital organs.

What is the Cost?

One of the biggest advantage of magnetic mini-mover procedure is that it is cost effective compared to major surgical procedures like Nuss procedure and Ravitch procedure. Since the treatment cost can vary depending on the expertise of the surgeon, one would need to talk to his or her doctor to get the exact cost of the treatment.

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