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Nuss Procedure for Pectus Excavatum in India

Nuss procedure for Pectus Excavatum repair in India costs 70% less than the US.

Video Courtesy: Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Pectus Excavatum (PEx) is the most common chest deformity. It accounts for over 90% of these cases.[1]NCBI Outcome of surgical repair of Pectus Excavatum in adults “Pectus Excavatum (PEx) is the most common congenital chest wall deformity, accounting for over 90% of all chest wall deformities.” View in Article Treatment using a minimally invasive surgery called the Nuss procedure is considered less traumatic than other open surgery options.[2]Zimmerbiomet Surgical Procedure Benefits “a patient’s body is subjected to less trauma compared to other open surgery options. The Nuss Procedure is a widely-accepted effective method for treating pectus excavatum.” View in Article

Alternative Names: Nuss repair; Funnel chest repair; Sunken chest repair; Cobblers chest repair; Chest deformity repair

Pectus Excavatum Surgery Cost India

Pectus Excavatum surgery cost in the USA ranges between $40,000 to $60,000. If you’re planning to get Nuss surgery for pectus in India, it will cost you about 70% less, i.e., within a range of 10,000 to 13,500 USD.

Nuss Procedure Avg. Cost Comparison (USD)
USA India Savings
$40,000-60,000 $10,000-13,500 66-84%

This price of Nuss Procedure in India is a treatment package inclusive of:

  • All medical expenses like surgeon’s fees, radiologist’s fees, etc.
  • Required hospital stays for the patient and one accompanying guest.
  • Pre and post-operative guidance.
  • Private transportation for all medical purposes.
  • Transportation between airport, hotel, and hospital.
  • Passport and Visa assistance.
  • Assistance with tourism activities if desired and permitted by the surgeon.

The cost does not involve:

  • Airfare
  • Any charges for complications that might arise during or after surgery
  • Any non-standard tests that might be required
*Prices may change without prior notification. Contact us for the latest information.

Why Choose India for Nuss Surgery?

Affordable Medical Care | Save up to 70%

The cost of surgery in India is cheaper than in the US. By opting for Nuss Procedure in India, one can benefit from significant cost savings. The low cost of living also presents food, lodgings, and travel cost benefits.[3]Expatistan Cost of living in India compared to United States “Cost of living in India is 66% cheaper than in United States. Food -60%; Housing – 77%; Clothes -31%; Transportation -58%” View in Article

Experienced Surgeons | Treatment in Safe hands

India is home to many highly skilled surgeons. We have recommended a list of top surgeons for Nuss Procedure in India. Some of these licensed surgeons are even internationally trained.

Availability of World-class hospitals | High-quality Care

The hospitals where we offer Nuss Procedure in India are internationally recognized. They are accredited by international bodies like JCI and national bodies like NABH or NABL.

JCI Joint Commission International

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NABH: National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Logo


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Top Hospitals for Pectus Excavatum Treatment in India

BLK Hospital- New Delhi, India

  • JCI, NABL, and NABH Accredited
  • 17 state-of-the-art modular OTs
  • 3-stage air filtration system

Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, India

  • NABH, and NABL Accredited
  • 13 modular state-of-art OTs
  • 60+ years of experience

Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, India

Fortis Healthcare, Gurugram

  • JCI, and NABH Accredited
  • Quality Beyond Accreditation, 2019 AHPI Award
  • Video consultation with treating doctors

Fortis Healthcare, Gurugram

Top Surgeons for Pectus Excavatum Treatment in India

Dr. Ajay Kaul

Dr. Ajay Kaul

  • 17,000+ Cardiac Surgeries
  • MBBS, MS, M.Ch. (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Chairman & HOD, CTVS at BLK

Dr. Shilpa Gandhi

Dr. Shilpa Gandhi

  • 13+ years of experience
  • MBBS, MS, DNB (Thoracic Surgery)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Manipal Hospital

Dr. Sabyasachi Bal

Dr. Sabyasachi Bal

  • 35+ years of experience
  • MBBS, MS, FRCS (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery

Eligibility for Nuss Procedure

  • Not all Pectus excavatum patients are considered for the surgery. Adults with very minor deformities may not undergo the treatment solely for cosmetic reasons.[4] Early and Late Results of the Nuss Procedure “in this patient group, compared withyounger patients, there is higher surgical morbidity in thepostoperative period” View in Article
  • Patients with moderate to severe deformity cases facing problems like shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, chest pain, and many more are considered for the surgery.[5]NCBI Short Nuss bar procedure “Most patients request surgical correction of PE due to cosmetic improvement but more than 60% also complain of exercise intolerance and shortness of breath” View in Article

Nuss Procedure in India: Plan and Overview

Pectus Excavatum is a bone deformity. The central bone of the rib cage grows inwards creating a sunken chest. Your medical team in India will create and share a detailed treatment itinerary for you.

The following information, however, can also come in handy:

Pre-procedure plan for Nuss Procedure:

  • For considering the Nuss Procedure in India, a pre-operative medical questionnaire needs to be filled by the patient.
  • A photograph of the chest and its measurement details are also required.
  • This will help the surgeon determine the patient’s eligibility for the surgery.

Nuss Procedure details:

  • Surgery Time: ≈90 min
  • Length of stay: 7 days in the hospital
  • A stainless steel bar into the chest through lateral incisions is inserted.
  • Then he flips-out the bar to push the sternum outside.
  • To prevent dislocation, he then fixes the bar with the ribs.
  • A patient may require one to three bars, depending on the medical case.[6]NCBI Short Nuss bar procedure “It is a minimally invasive technique, whereby one to three curved metal bars are inserted behind the sternum in order to push it into a normal position” View in Article
  • It remains in the patient’s body for two or more years, as suggested by the surgeon.

Post-operative-care for Pectus Excavatum Patients:

Avoid any vigorous physical activity and stick to the aftercare advice given by your surgeon. The expected routine for a general PEx patient could be[7]Zimmerbiomet Life After the Nuss Procedure “1 to 4 Weeks After Surgery During the first four weeks after surgery, patients will have multiple follow-up appointments with their surgeon to monitor recovery. Once a patient is four to six weeks post-op Frequent walking, Deep-breathing exercises, No waist bending, twisting, or log rolling…” View in Article:

  • 1-4 Weeks Post-op: Regular follow-ups with the surgeon
  • 4-6 Weeks Post-op: Resume frequent walking, deep breathing
  • 6-12 Weeks Post-op: Resume non-contact sport such as swimming
  • 12 Weeks Post-op: Resume normal physical activity
  • 2-3 Years Post-op: Nuss bar removal

The response data in clinical research shows that patient satisfaction after surgery is high and approximately 82% of parents believe their child to be “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the results. -Zimmer Biomet[8]Zimmerbiomet Surgical Procedure Benefits “The response data in clinical research shows that patient satisfaction after surgery is high and approximately 82% of parents believe their child to be “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the results.” View in Article

Medical Tourism in India

1. Non-medical tips:

  • Passport: Required
  • Visa: Required; Except for citizens of Nepal and Bhutan
  • Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (IATA: DEL)
  • Language: India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country.
  • Best Time to Visit: Cool Dry Season- November to March

2. Medical tips:

  • A pre-operative evaluation helps to determine the patient’s eligibility for the surgery. The assessment is based on a medical questionnaire, a chest measurement, and a photograph of the chest for overseas patients.
  • Additional tests are conducted upon reaching the surgery destination.
  • The surgeon should be contacted to get all pre-operative preparations guidelines.

Medical Tourism Corporation facilitates affordable Nuss Procedure or Pectus Excavatum Surgery at various hospitals in India. MTC can also help you locate many other world-class destinations abroad for PEx treatment.

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