Chest deformities affect around one-in-400 people and usually become more severe during adolescence. Some patients complain of chest pain and may undergo many investigations without any cause for their symptoms being found.
We provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of birth defects such as funnel chest (Pectus excavatum) and pigeon chest (Pectus carinatum), using minimally invasive surgical techniques and non-surgical treatments.
Our multidisciplinary team includes specialist thoracic nurses, anaesthetists, occupational and physical therapists. Any chest x-rays or other images required are examined by a dedicated specialist thoracic radiologist.
Our minimally invasive surgical techniques reduce scarring and we have developed very effective ways of minimising pain and using physical therapy to help patients return to normal activities more quickly. You will receive detailed advice on any necessary restrictions after treatment.
Surgical correction: Mr Marco Scarci is experienced in minimally invasive surgery (called the Nuss procedure) for treating both children and adults.
Non-surgical correction: In young patients with a flexible chest and symmetric defect we get good results using a vacuum bell device that literally ‘sucks’ the chest up. The device needs to be worn for several hours every day.
We have the expertise to achieve excellent results correcting even the most complex deformity, using the vacuum bell as part of a combined surgical and non-surgical treatment.
Surgical correction: An incision is made across the chest and the overgrowth of cartilage between the ribs and breastbone is removed. The breastbone is then placed in the usual flat position, with titanium bars sometimes used to stabilize the chest.
Non-surgical correction: Mr Scarci would be very happy to discuss options and suggest the very best and most appropriate treatment for your child. Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ solution, we use the latest model of custom-made pectus brace, which has many important benefits: