Abstract Background: The aim of our study was to evaluate long-term patient satisfaction and quality-of-life improvement in grown-up patients treated for pectus excavatum with the Nuss procedure in the pediatric age, searching for correlation between preoperative characteristics and long-term outcomes. Methods: At first, we performed a retrospective analysis of pediatric patients undergoing the Nuss procedure in a 5-year period. We administered, at least 5 years after bar removal, a single-step questionnaire to focus on the assessment of patient satisfaction with operative results. Results: Most patients stated general health and exercise tolerance were improved after the operation. High levels of overall satisfaction were reported after Nuss repair, with 95.6% of patients being either satisfied or very satisfied. Overall, 87.0% of patients stated they would have the operation again. The high overall satisfaction after surgery was not correlated with the deformity severity and the presence of physical symptoms before correction. Conclusions: Patients expressed high levels of satisfaction in terms of self-image and quality of life. Improvement in cosmetic appearance and health in general translated in most patients in an improvement of social life. The degree of postoperative pain after the Nuss procedure is the overriding factor in the patient’s perception of the quality of the postoperative course.

Long-term evaluation of patient satisfaction and quality of life in pectus excavatum repair / Di Salvo, Neil; Ruggeri, Giovanni; Thomas, Eduje; Parente, Giovanni; Di Mitri, Marco; Lima, Mario. - In: ANNALS OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. - ISSN 2090-5394. - ELETTRONICO. - 18:1(2022), pp. 84-89. [10.1186/s43159-022-00226-8]

Long-term evaluation of patient satisfaction and quality of life in pectus excavatum repair

Thomas, Eduje;Di Mitri, Marco;Lima, Mario
2022

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Abstract Background: The aim of our study was to evaluate long-term patient satisfaction and quality-of-life improvement in grown-up patients treated for pectus excavatum with the Nuss procedure in the pediatric age, searching for correlation between preoperative characteristics and long-term outcomes. Methods: At first, we performed a retrospective analysis of pediatric patients undergoing the Nuss procedure in a 5-year period. We administered, at least 5 years after bar removal, a single-step questionnaire to focus on the assessment of patient satisfaction with operative results. Results: Most patients stated general health and exercise tolerance were improved after the operation. High levels of overall satisfaction were reported after Nuss repair, with 95.6% of patients being either satisfied or very satisfied. Overall, 87.0% of patients stated they would have the operation again. The high overall satisfaction after surgery was not correlated with the deformity severity and the presence of physical symptoms before correction. Conclusions: Patients expressed high levels of satisfaction in terms of self-image and quality of life. Improvement in cosmetic appearance and health in general translated in most patients in an improvement of social life. The degree of postoperative pain after the Nuss procedure is the overriding factor in the patient’s perception of the quality of the postoperative course.
2022
Long-term evaluation of patient satisfaction and quality of life in pectus excavatum repair / Di Salvo, Neil; Ruggeri, Giovanni; Thomas, Eduje; Parente, Giovanni; Di Mitri, Marco; Lima, Mario. - In: ANNALS OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. - ISSN 2090-5394. - ELETTRONICO. - 18:1(2022), pp. 84-89. [10.1186/s43159-022-00226-8]
Di Salvo, Neil; Ruggeri, Giovanni; Thomas, Eduje; Parente, Giovanni; Di Mitri, Marco; Lima, Mario
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