Initial Pectus Consultation
What does a Skype pectus consultation involve?
The purpose of this consultation is to establish the severity of your symptoms and to ensure that you understand what our treatment programme entails, as adherence to the exercise programme will largely determine the degree of success of the treatment we provide. If both yourself and the clinician believe you will benefit from our non-surgical treatment, you will be asked to attend a face-to-face consultation.
What does a face-to-face pectus consultation involve?
At this consultation, one of LOC’s specialist clinicians will examine your chest and also your general posture. Your alignment from head to toe will be checked for signs of asymmetry. They will test the flexibility of your chest and determine the structural type of pectus you have. If you want to proceed with treatment and the clinician believes that your chest shape will respond using the Dynamic Remodelling method, the clinician will take a series of photographs and 3D scans of your chest shape. Further appointments for casting and then fitting of your brace will be made. Both of these will be about an hour’s length.
Where can I receive pectus treatment?
Our treatment is now available at our new Manchester clinic as well as at our headquarters clinic in Kingston.
You would then need to attend the clinic for regular reviews. During these appointments your chest shape will be evaluated and, as it improves, and you change shape, we will change the brace to optimise the direction of force and correction possible. At each appointment we will also ask you to see our personal trainer to fine tune your exercise programme and check to see how you have been managing with the current programme.
For patients from abroad or those who have a long distance to travel to our Kingston clinic from locations in the UK, treatment is possible and we have successfully conducted some of these reviews via Skype. You can discuss your review options with the clinician.
Patients should be aware that treatment takes a minimum of 12 months to be effective and that success is very much dependent on the patient’s own commitment to the wearing of the brace for the hours prescribed and adhering to the exercise programme recommended. Compliance is key to successful treatment.
Ideally we would like the treatment to be completed with the knowledge of your GP and or Thoracic consultant. Although some of our patients do not have the support from their local medical team, attitudes to bracing are changing. Many consultants are now aware that bracing offers a well evidenced conservative treatment for Pectus deformities. We will always communicate with your local GP or consultant if you are happy with us doing that.