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Poland’s Syndrome Reconstruction – Surgical Procedure

Named after Sir Alfred Poland, a demonstrator of anatomy who was the first to describe in London in 1841 this disorder, which consists of a rare birth defect characterized by a series of malformations on one side of the body. Read More

Poland syndrome is sometimes difficult to diagnose, especially in mild cases. However, 1 in 30,000 live births are affected by Poland syndrome.


How is my case evaluated?

Three key determinants influence theevaluation of Poland syndrome’s severity: breast development, the existence of the back muscle (latissimus dorsi), and the degree of chest wall malformation.Read More

How is it done?

A thorough examination will help assess the surgical option that optimizes the success of the procedure.

1- In Females:

In female teenagers, the procedure will happen in two phases, as the breasts are still not fully developed at this age.

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1- In Males:

In male patients, the chest deformity is corrected with the transposition of the back muscle (latissimus dorsi) around the age of 18 years. In the event of a minor rib abnormality, a simple transposition of the back muscle will be sufficient to achieve a symmetrical appearance. 

However, in case of severe abnormalities, this procedure is combined with the placement of a custom-made breast implant.

How long is the recovery?
The operation usually takes five hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The techniques described above allow the latissimus dorsi to perform the same functions as those of a normal pectoral muscle.

The patient will leave the hospital two or three days following surgery after the drains are removed, and will be able to resume work a week later and sports activities three weeks later.Read More