What Are Injectable Sternoplasty Treatment Options?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have read on your site about the injectable sternoplasty (bone cement) and read about successful operations correcting mild to moderate pectus excavatum. I have mild pectus excavatum and was wondering about the approximate cost of the whole operation.

A: The Kryptonite material is no longer commercially available so that treatment option no longer exists. Other injectable treatment options include hydroxyapatite granules and fat. The hydroxyapatite granules are mixed with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and made into an injectable putty-like material. Fat injections can be done provided that one has enough fat to harvest, of which it usually takes about 100cc of aspiration harvest to get 20cc to 25cc of concentrated fat for injection.  Whether either one of these would be appropriate for you depends on the size of the pectus and your body habitus. I would need to see some pictures of your chest to make that determination.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana