Pectus excavatum is a more or less severe congenital condition that results in a chest deformation where the sternum grows inward and the chest appears to point inward rather than outward. Of all the conditions affecting the appearance of the chest wall, this is the most common. Severity of cases ranges from a purely cosmetic condition, often causing mental distress, to a deformity that is both physically and psychologically difficult and is associated with other health complications.
In front, the ribs are attached to the bone in the center of the chest (sternum) with cartilage, a flexible connective tissue. Pectus Excavatum is caused by an over-production of this cartilage, which causes the sternum to be pressed into the body.
One out of three to four hundred infants are born with Pectus Excavatum, and it occurs about four times more frequently in men than women.
It normally originates in utero and is congenital, and it can usually be seen and diagnosed within a year after birth. However, it largely develops in the early teen years, in the period when the growth of the body is greatest.
Until recent years, very little has been known about the psychological issues caused by funnel chest. Research has now confirmed that the mental impact should in no way be underestimated, and that it should be treated with the same urgency as any physical symptoms.
Funnel chest was once considered a purely cosmetic deformity, and the psychological effects were mistakenly overlooked. Fortunately, in recent years, awareness about the condition has increased significantly, and doctors and researchers now place much more emphasis on the associated psychological issues. The research has confirmed that the psychological effects are much more difficult and damaging than the physical symptoms and affect patients in all aspects of life.
We are proud to provide a transformation guide that will lead you from your pectus excavatum diagnosis to a beautiful and trained upper body—in a completely non-surgical way.
Our professional workout routine is tailor-made for those with pectus excavatum disorder—developed by physiotherapist Adam Meakins.
Learn how to avoid the mental strain of pectus excavatum with Dr. Tanveer Ahmed.
Stanford Children's Health has prepared a special chapter on the healing process for parents of children with pectus excavatum.
It contains a collection of stories from youths, children and parents who have been in the same situation as you.
We also provide information about the NUSS procedure, so you can make an educated decision on which path is right for you.
The exercises were carefully chosen to train the entire body, increase muscle mass, and strengthen the core, but it places a particular focus on the chest with the goal of transforming the area around your pectus excavatum.
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A deformed chest can be a taboo subject and, in many cases, cause negative strain for those born with the disorder.
You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. We’ve put together this complete pectus excavatum guide especially for you.
We provide you with the knowledge to transform your funnel chest into a beautiful and strong upper body without surgery, but we also provide information about the Nuss procedure—the surgical option—so you can make an educated decision on which path is right for you. We give you an exercise program and a recovery program with special exercises, as well as information about the mental and psychological strain, tips for dealing with it, and basic information about pectus excavatum in general.
Furthermore, we share many experiences from both children and parents who have been in the same situation as you. With all of this information in one place, we have the most comprehensive pectus excavatum e-book currently available.
The brace is designed to correct your sunken chest deformity by pulling the flaring ribs back into your chest. This forces the breastbone to make more space, progressively pushing out and reshaping with time. It repairs both your pectus excavatum condition and your protruding ribs. The LaceIT brace comes in 3 different sizes, including one that can be worn by children.
After extensive research, we have found out that the LaceIT brace, together with our workout routine is the best method for correcting the concave chest deformity. We have had several test subjects who bought this brace and wore it every day for six months, while also following the training program. In just three months of wearing the brace and exercising daily, the indented chest condition was corrected by 70%, without an operation—a truly great result!
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This type of surgery is named after American physician Dr. Donald Nuss, who in 1987 invented a remarkably minimally-invasive chest procedure to cure funnel chest. It stands in sharp contrast to alternative procedures. Today, the Nuss Procedure has been further developed into the absolute best treatment for funnel chest; it excels in terms of the cosmetic result as well as the scope of the procedure/surgery, and consequently in terms of stress on the body.
The procedure is done by making a small incision in each side of the chest, through which one or two stainless steel bars are inserted under the ribs. The steel bar is first inserted under the sternum, and by turning the concave steel bar inside the body, the sternum is pushed out to shape the chest into its natural form. Here, the steel bar(s) will stay for 3 years while the body heals, after which they are taken back out in an even smaller procedure done through the same incision sites made in the first procedure.
After this, the chest will maintain its natural form, and the price for a normal-looking chest, increased self-confidence and a physically high-functioning body is a small scar at each side of the chest.
• The ideal age for funnel chest surgery is from age 11-13.
• If you are taller than average, it is more likely that two or three steel bars must be inserted during the surgery, which can cause larger scars, among other things.
• The severity of the congenital deformity connected to your particular funnel chest may also influence the end result.
• If you happen to have a metal allergy, a titanium bar will be ordered, which can be more difficult for the surgeon to work with.
As the medical specialists perform more and more procedures every week and surgeons become more adept at dealing with various complications, the significance of any preconditions you bring to the table decreases. For instance, they are now performing surgery on people who are significantly older than the ideal age, and still achieving positive results. On the other hand, no funnel chest procedures are done before the ideal age, as the risk of relapse is too great.
A team of doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapists researching pectus excavatum came together to create this ultimate guide. The purpose of our work is to share this overall knowledge with you, so that it may guide you to a happier life.
Already, we have had enormous success with our latest Amazon Guide Award 2019, and with this, we are pleased to note that we really are achieving our primary goal of helping you and others like you.