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In patients with the I degree of pectus excavatum a retraction of the sternocostal complex is insignificant and does not influence the functional state of visceral organs. It is the elimination of a cosmetic defect that matters for such patients above all. There are various methods of aesthetic correction, still there is no consensus on how to perform an aesthetic thoracoplasty in patients with pectus excavatum. The purpose of this study was to develop a technique of aesthetic thoracoplasty with the use of Reperen polymer and to evaluate short-term results. Material and methods. From 2011 till 2013, 10 patients underwent thoracoplasty with the use of Reperen polymer meshes. All patients were male. At the time of the surgery their average age was 18.7 years (from 15 to 26 years old). The technique consists in laying molded Reperen mesh plates on the front surface of the sternocostal complex layer by layer. From 3 to 7 layers are formed. Results. The surgeries performed were successful. In all cases the postoperative period was smooth, with no complications observed. A good result accounted for 80% of the cases, a satisfactory result was observed in 20%. We did not observe any negative results. The implants installed were not removed, no excessive contouring was observed. Conclusion. A new technique of aesthetic thoracoplasty with the use of Reperen polymer plates was developed and implemented. It was found that this type of surgery is easily tolerable by patients, gives a good aesthetic result with a low risk of complications, and is characterized by a short hospital and rehabilitation period.

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A. V. Krupko

Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics

Author for correspondence.
Russian Federation

A. B. Bogos’Yan

Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics

Russian Federation

M. S. Krupko

EKC MOI Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region

Russian Federation


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