Treatment for Pectus Deformities
In severe cases of pectus carinatum and excavatum, surgery may be recommended by the NHS but other, non-surgical options are available.
Surgical treatment of Pectus Deformities
In severe cases of Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum, surgery may be recommended by the NHS. This is a major procedure, and, as with any type of surgery, there are risks attached. The type of surgery performed in the UK is either the Nuss or Ravitch procedures. The Nuss procedure is minimally invasive compared to the Ravitch. Good results have been reported from both types of surgery and patients are generally pleased with the improvement in chest shape. However, these procedures do not address the problem of the flaring of the ribs, which is fairly common and patients can be left with visible surgical scarring.
LOC does not carry out surgery for Pectus Deformities. However, we are developing strong links with consultants across the UK, and would be happy to suggest a consultant to see if you would prefer to consider the surgical route.
One of the consultants we may refer you to is Professor Amulya Saxena, consultant paediatric surgeon, at Imperial College London, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, recognised as a world expert in the management of pectus deformities.
Non-Surgical treatment of Pectus Deformities
The London Orthotic Consultancy's treatment for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum is non-surgical, and involves wearing a bespoke brace or orthosis called a 'Dynamic Chest Compressor', combined with a programme of daily exercises.
LOC has pioneered this method of treatment in the UK.
The optimum age for non-surgical treatment is during puberty, as the chest wall is still pliable. For further information about our non-surgical treatment programme and the use of orthoses, read about our LOCPectus Treatment.