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Funnel Chest. Where can i can it treat?

hi. Am 18 i has Funnel chest and i want to get it treat can someone tell me the nearest Hospital that treat funnel chest in Lowell, MA 01851. and does i need to get surgery?

If the breastbone is pushed back far enough, heart and lung function may be affected. The purpose of Pectus Excavatum Repair surgery is to correct the deformity to improve physical appearance, posture, and breathing.Pectus excavatum repair is always performed with the patient under general anesthesia. An epidural catheter is inserted for the management of pain after the operation. The surgeon makes two incisions over the sternum, on either side of the chest, for insertion of a curved steel bar or strut under the sternum. He or she proceeds to remove the deformed cartilages. The rib lining is left in place to allow renewed cartilage growth. The sternum is then repositioned, and the metal strut is placed behind it and brought out through the muscles and skin for future attachment to a brace, which will stay in place six to 12 weeks. The metal strut is fixed to the ribs on either side, and the incisions are closed and dressed. A small steel grooved plate may be used at the end of the bar to help stabilize and fix the bar to the rib. A blood transfusion is not required during surgery. The surgeon may insert a temporary chest tube to re-expand the lung if the lining of the lung is entered.

I don't know a hospital in your area but your doctor can probably recommend you to one.  (+ info)

how do u get the muscle that looks like a funnel to ur dick?and how do u get chest muscles?

i wanna get buff. short storie

Those funnel muscles are obliques. Do side crunches, side bends and such. I'd suggest an overall decent workout routine so you're body isn't disproportionate. Go to bodybuilding.com. It's not necessarily for bodybuilders, and it has lots of workout information and it will tell you how to get to whatever level of buff you want, not necessarily Mr. Olympia style.  (+ info)

My son has pectus excavatum.....does anyone know anybody that has this funnel chest???

I have a son that is 5 months old and he has Pectus Excavatum...another word is funnel chest....He has got his at birth but the hospital did not tell me anything or even that he got pectus excavatum....and i was soo mad about it when i took him to see my family doctor he told me that he got pectus and not to worry and that was it....so i took my son to see him again and he keeps saying the same thing so I got a pediatrician for him and she got his chest x tray done and it says that he got a normal chest...which i know its not normal cause his chest is sunkin in....

My cousin has this. When we were kids we were fascinated with the "hole" in her chest. She is now 22 years old and is fine! Nothing is wrong with her and she had a perfectly normal childhood and is now a perfectly healthy adult.

no need to worry!!  (+ info)

I have a funnel chest (Pect. Excavatum).. And goin to Cuba soon, what can I do to hide it?

dont wanna miss swimming and stuff!

Just wear a t-shirt....plenty of people do. And remember, everybody on the beach is probably too concerned with the way they look to even notice. Everyone has something they would rather hide. I have scoliosis, so I understand where you're coming from. But don't let PE keep you from having fun and enjoying life. Just hit the beach and have a blast!  (+ info)

FUNNEL CHEST PICTURES .. How do I get rid of it?


Workout methods? Clothing?

Thanks guys!



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see your doctor  (+ info)

will my funnel chest go ?

im 15 years old and i have a pretty noticable funnel chest (its about 3cm wide)

but will working on my pecs get rid of this ? or at leaste shorten the gap ?

no...  (+ info)

I have funnel chest, will i ever be able to get abs?

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girls with funnel chest!?

im a 15 year old girl with funnel chest and it seems so noticeablee people in school have even pointed it out.it's impossible to wear anything low cut or get a bra to fit.any other girls out there suffering from this?any advice?

awh im sorry to hear that. your a beautiful girl and shouldn't let those kids that have no idea get to your head. now i don't suffer from a funnel chest but my friend does. she wears bras that fit her good and when we go to the beach she always wears a bikkini. and i know that inside she feels very insecure but she doesn't let it get to her. i would say to go to victoria secret or any bra shop around and ask to get your bust measured and ask what bra would they recomend for your body type.

i hope this helps :]  (+ info)

vaccum bell (funnel chest)?

I have funnel chest problem. I came to know about the vaccum bell device through the internet.

1) Is this device effective?
2) WIll this device be available in india?

The device appears to be effective, although it is important to select the right patients. Use on the wrong patient can be dangerous, as the heart may be involved.

Your doctor may be able to get one from Dr Eckart Klobe in Germany. He requires a doctor to prescribe it.

The other one, the Costa, can be purchased.
Here is a discussion of both types - keep reading and you will see a long note from Dr Klobe:

http://vacuumbell.phpbbportal.eu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8  (+ info)

Exercising with funnel chest?

I have funnel chest, so I decided to work out some, thinking that it would help my chest look more normal. However, it hasn't helped much. I see my abs are developing pretty well, but my torso overall just seems awkward now. Because you can see my stomach is normal, but then as you look higher, my chest just curves inward and just looks weird still. I've been doing chest workouts, but it seems that they are not helping much.

I could at least say that I'm stronger from my workouts, but I just want my chest to look more normal. Anyone know if there is a special exercise or something I can do to help my funnel chest look more normal?

Mild abnormalities occasionally correct themselves early in childhood. Children with moderate to severe abnormalities may require surgery, which is usually not performed in children younger than age 6. Since children have softer cartilage and more flexible bones than adolescents, the operation is easier to perform on them and the cosmetic results are superior. However, good outcomes are now being obtained even in young adults.

Infants and very young children are usually not considered for operation unless very severe abnormalities or other illnesses necessitate earlier surgery.

Both traditional open surgery (Ravitch repair) and newer minimally invasive techniques (Nuss repair) can be used to correct pectus excavatum. Both techniques generally improve chest appearance. They also improve rib and sternum configuration as well as cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) functioning. Both techniques result in a return to normal activity and improved exercise tolerance within the first few months following surgery.

The determination of which surgical approach to use is based on a number of factors. These factors include:

The surgeon's level of expertise with each of these two techniques
The severity of the defect and its symmetry (in the middle or more to one side)
The child's age
Open Surgery
Open surgery in boys is performed through a horizontal incision on the anterior chest wall, usually just below the nipple area. In girls, this incision is placed to coincide with the lower breast margins when possible. The lower 4-5 cartilages that are abnormal are removed, leaving the perichondrium (the lining that envelops the outer portion of rib cartilage). This allows the cartilage to regrow in its new position. The sternum is supported in its correct position by a thin flat metal bar that corrects and stabilizes it during healing. The incision is usually closed with internal sutures that minimize scarring.
The length of hospital stay following surgery is typically 4 to 5 days. Children often experience some discomfort for several weeks. Postoperative epidural analgesia catheters or intravenous narcotics may be required for several days following surgery. Milder pain is managed with oral pain medication.

Outpatient surgery to remove the supporting bar is usually performed 6 to 12 months later.

Cosmetic and physical outcomes in patients who have undergone surgery in mid-childhood or early adolescence are good to excellent, with less than 5 percent requiring another operation for significant pectus excavatum recurrence. An additional 5 to 10% of patients have some residual (remaining) abnormalities that sometimes worsen with adolescence.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (Nuss Procedure)
Minimally invasive surgical techniques have been used for more than a decade. With this approach, two small lateral incisions are made. A bar that has been shaped to the desired chest contour is inserted into and across the chest and positioned below the sternum. This is done using the guidance of an endoscope (instrument used to visualize the inside of the chest). The bar is held in place by sutures and by a small metal plate that prevents rotation of the bar as the chest is reshaped. This procedure is very similar to placing braces on teeth, which facilitates their correct realignment.

Length of hospital stay is usually 3 to 5 days. Children often experience more discomfort initially with the minimally invasive procedure. Postoperative epidural analgesia catheters or intravenous narcotics may be required for several days following surgery. Milder pain is managed with oral pain medication. Activity is slowly resumed, with limitations on exercise until the bar is healed in place.

In contrast to the brief duration (6 to 12 months) in which the bar is left in place with open surgery, with this approach it is left in place for 2 years, allowing the chest to remold. The bar is then removed during outpatient surgery.

In our experience, short-term outcomes with minimally invasive surgery are at least comparable to outcomes with open surgery. They result in a better cosmetic outcome with less scarring (due to smaller incisions), good restoration of normal chest contour, and good muscle function. Although the minimally invasive approach is comparatively new, long-term outcomes currently appear to be at least as good as those with traditional open surgery.

What can be expected following surgery?
There is no need to restrict exercise or activity after the initial healing period, which varies from 6 weeks to 3 months. Patients are encouraged to exercise in order to improve overall chest growth and contour and to increase the strength of their chest muscles.
Mild cases of pectus excavatum may respond to an exercise and posture physiotherapy program. Many patients with rounded shoulders and a slouching posture have benefited from these techniques, with or without additional surgical correction. However, body-building exercises usually result in worsening of cosmetic appearance due to the enhancement of the pectoral muscles.  (+ info)

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