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Chest Wall Reconstruction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about chest wall reconstruction?

Chest wall reconstruction is surgery to repair the chest wall. The chest wall is made of bones, cartilage, and muscles. The chest wall protects your heart and lungs and helps you breathe. The chest wall may be damaged due to disease, trauma, or surgery.

How do I prepare for chest wall reconstruction?

What will happen during chest wall reconstruction?

What should I expect after chest wall reconstruction?

What are the risks of chest wall reconstruction?

You may develop an infection at your surgery site. Your body may reject the prosthesis. You may need another surgery to take the prosthesis out. You may need more surgeries if the reconstruction does not work. You may develop pneumonia or respiratory failure. This can become life-threatening.

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