FAQ

This area is dedicated to answering the pressing questions which are frequently asked by those suffering from Pectus Excavatum, who are seeking treatment, be it cosmetic surgery or non surgical alternatives. Each question is open to comments, so feel free to share your relevant advice and experiences.


How much does a Vacuum Bell Cost?

Simply put, to buy direct from the manufacturer, the Costa vacuum bell is priced at $450 USD, whilst the Klobe vacuum bell is priced at $600 USD. Occasionally,…

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How is Pectus Excavatum Diagnosed?

Before Pectus Excavatum can be successfully treated, it must first be accurately diagnosed. Your doctor and other specialists, including a thoracic surgeon and pulmonologist, will perform a complete…

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Is Pectus Excavatum Preventable?

Pectus excavatum is not preventable, but the condition is treatable. In more severe cases if the condition is left untreated, Pectus Excavatum can cause compression of the heart…

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What are the Long Term Results from the Ravitch procedure?

A number of studies have been performed after the repair of Pectus Excavatum. The recurrence rate with the Ravitch procedure is extremely low (1-2%). As far as symptoms…

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What is a Vacuum Bell?

A vacuum bell is a medical device used in the treatment of Pectus Excavatum, which is one of the most common chest wall defects. The bell is mainly…

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What is Vacuum Bell Therapy?

Vacuum bell therapy is an experimental approach which offers a non-surgical solution to Pectus Excavatum. It works by pulling the depressed chest forwards and, by holding this position…

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How do you use a Vacuum Bell?

The device is used by applying the rubber bell onto the chest wall in order to form a seal. Next, a hand pump connected to the bell by…

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What are the differences between the Costa And Klobe Vacuum Bell?

The Costa and Klobe vacuum bells are largely similar in design and effectiveness. However, there are some slight difference between the two in terms of appearance. For instance,…

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What is the Ravitch Operation Like and What are the Complications?

The Ravitch procedure involves removal of the ends of the ribs where they are attached to the sternum. However, the lining membrane around the rib is left in…

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Should those with Pectus Excavatum have it Repaired?

The surgical treatment of Pectus Excavatum is not recommended unless the patient has physiological symptoms. However, if the patient is experiencing psychological stress as a result of the…

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What are the Symptoms of Pectus Excavatum?

The symptoms of Pectus Excavatum generally fall into three distinct categories: Pain ? The pain caused by Pectus Excavatum is usually not severe or long lasting. Decreased exercise…

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What Causes Pectus Excavatum?

The precise cause of Pectus Excavatum is unknown, although most people with the condition develop symptoms at birth or early infancy. It may occur as a result of…

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