We provide conservative custom solutions for all types of Pectus deformities
There are two types of pectus disorders which are pectus excavatum [Pushed Inwards] and pectus carinatum [Pushed outwards]. MOBILIS Pectus deformities clinic provide bespoke solutions for physical deformities of the chest. We offer brace therapy to correct pectus.
Pectus deformities are typically not life-threatening but can affect your child’s quality of life and in some cases, their heart and lung function. Your paediatric orthopaedic or chest deformity specialists make the decision the best treatment options suitable for your chest wall disorders.
Dynamic Chest Orthosis
Treatment of chest deformities like Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum involves wearing a custom-made brace combined with a programme of daily exercises.
For patients considering MOBILIS non-surgical treatments for Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum, our clinicians will examine your chest and also your general posture. They will look at your alignment from head to toe if required and examine signs of asymmetry before the measurements.
A congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, which occurs when the breast bone is pushed outward by an abnormal overgrowth of cartilage. Pigeon chest affects around one in 1,500 people and is slightly less common than Pectus Excavatum [Pushed Inwards].
Pectus Carinatum can also appear as part of another condition like scoliosis but is also associated with rarer musculoskeletal syndromes like Marfan syndrome. A proper diagnosis and prescription are mandatory before you visit MOBILIS pectus clinic.
Dynamic Chest Compressor orthosis for Pectus Carinatum applies constant pressure over the area of the chest that needs to be remodelled. Because Pectus Carinatum is caused by the chest protruding, we use a brace which fits over the apex of the chest to push it in. It needs to be taken into account that the ribs tend to flare while the chest is pushed in.
MOBILIS digital production has developed unique 3D printed orthosis customized for individual deformities, and the results are amazing.
A common form of congenital chest deformity also referred to as ‘sunken’ or ‘funnel’ chest. Pectus excavatum occurs in an estimated 1 in 300-400 and 3-5 times more common in men. It happens when the chest bone is pushed inwards by the overgrowth of cartilage between the ribs and the breast bone. The condition tends to exaggerate during puberty, where growth spurts cause the cartilage and bones to grow at a rapid rate. The sternum becomes caved in, looking “dented”. The ribs often tend to flare out as a result of the Excavatum area sinking inwards. Scoliosis may also associate with the disorder.
Dynamic Chest orthosis for Pectus Excavatum involves wearing a custom brace – the Dynamic Chest orthosis in combination with the use of a device called the ‘Vacuum Bell’ and a programme of daily exercises. The Vacuum Bell mechanism uses a suction cup to create a vacuum at the anterior chest wall. It is used to lift the sternum up and out. A brace is used with the vacuum bell to enhance the correction and to also correct possible rib flaring.
As one gets older, the chest becomes more rigid and results are sometimes harder to achieve. The chest is more malleable in adolescents and children and tends to get stiffer as the skeleton matures. Patients with Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum who comply with the required exercises will respond well to orthotic bracing, and there are normally two phases; one initial phase until correction is achieved and the next phase for maintenance, during which the brace is only worn at night. The most important factor in achieving a good result is compliance to the treatment programme and regular follow-ups at the MOBILIS clinic. Length of treatment varies based on the age of the patient, the elasticity of the chest and the severity of the Pectus Carinatum. All pectus braces and treatments are bespoke to each individual’s needs.