Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure
For many decades, Pectus Excavatum has been corrected with the Nuss or Ravitch procedures. Both of which require a substantial period of down time and come with substantial risks and a great deal of pain.
In an effort to improve the surgical treatment of Pectus Excavatum the magnetic mini mover procedure was developedin order to correct the Pectus Excavatum chest wall deformity. With the Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure, the deformed costal cartilage is reformed over time by a controlled gradual outward pull on the depressed breastbone. This is achieved with only minimal surgery and without the need for painful implanted chest wall bars/struts.
The procedure works by placing two magnets, one inside the chest and the other outside the chest, which, between them, creates a magnetic field. this field applies a controlled and sustained outward force on the sternum. The goal is to promote the rib cartilage to move to a more normal and cosmetically appealing position. The result is a more gradual correction of the chest wall, over a period of many months using a nominal force. As a side note, this is the same principle applied to moving teeth with orthodontic braces.