Reed, 17, was born with pectus excavatum, a deformity of the rib cage that affects one in every 1,000 children born. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon reconstructs Reed’s chest with implant surgery.
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Dr. Travis Stork: And when it comes to body image teenagers could be especially hard on themselves. Dr. Andrew Ordon: Reed is a patient of mine, he came to me with an embarrassing problem, so I came up with a special surgery to help him. Reed: I've been hiding my birth defect for six years now. Female Speaker: My son Reed's chest indents, here you can probably put your whole fist in his chest. When he was a little kid he did get picked on a lock. Reed: I've gotten pretty good hiding it. I've been to a few doctors I've had them told me there is not really much we can do about it. Dr. Andrew Ordon: Reed, good morning! Female Speaker: We contacted Dr. Ordon through the Internet, because I watch his show all the time, we were desperate. Dr. Andrew Ordon: He literally has a fist size defect sitting in the middle of his chest. That's what we're going to correct today. We took plaster of Paris, we formed this implant which is designed to the exact specifications of Reed's formatives. Let's go. Female Speaker: It's just going to be unbelievable, let's see him confident in himself. Dr. Andrew Ordon: Basically we want to create a plain down to fascia the level over the muscle. This is going to go all the way through the skin right on top of the muscle and right on top of the ribs, controlling all the bleeding as we go. We've created a template which we're going to use to mark our dissection that's going to sit something like that. I mean, that's a real whole in his chest. We want to make the pocket just big enough to accommodate that implants. This is the moment of truth. Wow! We've fixed this kid up nice. The implant is in, the drain is in, there is no bleeding going on, these are special internal stitches we're going to close this, no stitch marks. This is really going to give him a precise nice closing. Could not have gone any better, we're really happy with this result, the rebuilding too.

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