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Chest Wall Reconstruction In Abu Dhabi


The chest wall is a protective structure that surrounds vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and liver in the chest and upper abdomen. This structure is made up of the ribs, spinal column, and sternum, and it is surrounded by blood vessels and muscles. However, both malignant and benign tumours can form in this area, and the majority of them are removed through thoracic surgery to remove the abnormal growth.

Chest wall reconstruction in Abu Dhabi is one such thoracic surgery that is used to repair the chest wall.

Chest Wall Reconstruction In Abu Dhabi

What is Chest Wall Reconstruction?

Chest wall resection is the surgical removal of soft tissue, cartilage, the sternum, and/or ribs. Chest wall reconstruction may be used after chest wall resection to rebuild the skeletal structure of your chest wall using man-made prosthetic materials such as artificial bone or titanium rib plating. Some congenital or trauma-related chest wall disorders benefit or necessitate chest wall repair and reconstruction.

Our thoracic surgeon Dr Taj Chowdhry and his team have vast experience performing chest wall reconstruction in Abu Dhabi for a variety of chest wall disorders and conditions. For patients with malignant tumours, he works closely with multidisciplinary specialists to ensure optimal surgical outcomes.

When is a Chest Wall Reconstruction required?

  • Congenital conditions: Pectus Excavatum, Carinatum, and Poland Syndrome
  • Inflammatory conditions: Radiation necrosis, osteomyelitis, empyema, bronchopleural fistula, and post-sternotomy are all infectious
  • Flail chest (fractures of three adjacent ribs in two or more places)
  • Primary or secondary/direct invasion of surrounding tissues.

Before the procedure

Prior to the procedure, our doctor and treatment team will explain what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, as well as any potential risks. Other suggestions include:

Discuss the following with our doctor:

  • All medications, or any herbal products, and dietary supplements that you may be currently using, and request recommendations on each.
  • Radiation exposure, particularly for pregnant women
  • Any drug, latex, tape, iodine, or anaesthetic agent allergies
  • Any previous history of bleeding disorders
  • Any piercings in your chest or abdomen

Procedure for Chest Wall Reconstruction

Chest wall reconstruction in Abu Dhabi may typically takes 3 hours to complete, and here is what the procedure may entail:

  • After you’ve been sedated, our doctor may insert a breathing tube into your lungs and connect you to a ventilator. This will help you breathe during surgery.
  • The doctor will need to remove the tumour from the chest wall during the procedure.
  • Depending on the size and location of the tumour, rib removal may be required.
  • To improve the function of your chest wall or for cosmetic reasons, the area of the chest wall removed may need to be reconstructed with biologics or other materials.

When this is finished, the doctor will remove all instruments, close all incisions, and transfer you to the recovery area.

Expectations post procedure

  • After you wake up from anaesthesia, the breathing tube is removed.
  • Ambulation typically begins on the first or second day of surgery.
  • After 24 to 72 hours, urine catheters and drainage tubes (chest tubes) are removed.
  • After the surgery, you should be able to resume your normal activities. However, you may need to start slowly. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are strictly not permitted until your body has healed.
  • To relieve pain, you will be given a variety of medications. Long-acting oral pain medication, NSAIDS, IV pain medication, and multi-level intercostal nerve blocks will be administered to patients.
  • During your recovery, your doctor will give you instructions to follow.

How effective is Chest Wall Reconstruction?

The effectiveness of chest wall reconstruction in Abu Dhabi is determined by the reason for the surgery. A patient who undergoes this procedure to repair recent trauma to the chest wall, for example, may have a very different outlook than a cancer patient who requires surgery to remove a tumour.

Consult the master in the domain

Dr Taj Chowdhry is a veteran in this field with more than 15 years of strong experience. He is not only a highly skilled surgeon but also specialises in minimally invasive procedures, even for the most complicated cardiothoracic conditions. Using cutting-edge techniques, and video-assisted surgery methods, he ensures quicker recovery as well as better results. His long list of positive patient testimonials speaks for themselves.

Schedule your appointment with Dr Taj to understand more. Book An Appointment!