Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum Without Bar Stabilizers Using Endo Close

Luca Pio, Marcello Carlucci, Lorenzo Leonelli, Giovanni Erminio, Girolamo Mattioli, Michele Torre

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Objectives: Since the introduction of the Nuss technique for pectus excavatum (PE) repair, stabilization of the bar has been a matter of debate and a crucial point for the outcome, as bar dislocation remains one of the most frequent complications. Several techniques have been described, most of them including the use of a metal stabilizer, which, however, can increase morbidity and be difficult to remove. Our study compares bar stabilization techniques in two groups of patients, respectively, with and without the metal stabilizer. Subjects and Methods: A retrospective study on patients affected by PE and treated by the Nuss technique from January 2012 to June 2013 at our institution was performed in order to evaluate the efficacy of metal stabilizers. Group 1 included patients who did not have the metal stabilizer inserted; stabilization was achieved with multiple (at least four) bilateral pericostal Endo Close™ (Auto Suture, US Surgical; Tyco Healthcare Group, Norwalk, CT) sutures. Group 2 included patients who had a metal stabilizer placed because pericostal sutures could not be used bilaterally. We compared the two groups in terms of bar dislocation rate, surgical operative time, and other complications. Statistical analysis was performed with the Mann-Whitney U test and Fisher's exact test. Results: Fifty-seven patients were included in the study: 37 in Group 1 and 20 in Group 2. Two patients from Group 2 had a bar dislocation. Statistical analysis showed no difference between the two groups in dislocation rate or other complications. Conclusions: In our experience, the placement of a metal stabilizer did not reduce the rate of bar dislocation. Bar stabilization by the pericostal Endo Close suture technique appears to have no increase in morbidity or migration compared with the metal lateral stabilizer technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-152
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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