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Pectus excavatum and Poland syndrome are conditions that affect the appearance of the thorax and chest area. In both instances the muscle or cartilage malform resulting in a chest wall deformity. Both conditions occur in men and women and can have a serious psychological impact on individuals.

Also referred to as ‘sunken’ or ‘fallen’ chest, Pectus excavatum is the most common thorax deformity, affecting 1 in 300-1000 births. The condition occurs when the cartilage malforms between the ribs and chest plate. As a result the chest bone is restricted and starts to point inwards, creating a concave appearance to the sternum. The condition is often exacerbated during puberty when ‘growth spurts’ occur.

Poland syndrome is a rare birth defect characterised by partial or total absence of chest muscle on one side of the body, as well as webbing of the fingers. The chest deformity that occurs is anatomically unique in each case, but in general it demonstrates as a dip below the clavicle in men and breast asymmetry in women.

Corrective surgery using AnatomikModeling offers a highly effective solution for both conditions. The treatment uses customised implants that adapt perfectly to the patient’s anatomy. It’s less invasive compared to some older, traditional techniques and provides instant results with minimal pain. The results can have profound effects on self-confidence and body image, making people feel more comfortable in their own skin.

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About Surgeon

Mr Sheikh Ahmad

With clinics in both London and Cornwall, Sheikh Ahmad has developed a unique portfolio of cosmetic procedures for clients in the South West and all over the country. One that offers extensive surgical experience, a bespoke pre-op consultation process, a door-to-door VIP service and carefully crafted aftercare.

Mr. Ahmad has over 30 years of surgical experience, with extensive experience in breast augmentation with minimal scarring. He’s performed more than 1,000 breast augmentations and enlargements and has developed techniques to address some of the most unwanted issues related to implant surgery.

Mr Ahmad has trained by Professor Jean Pierre Chavoin to perform Pectus Excavatum and Poland syndrome surgery at this hospital in Toulouse, France. Professor Jean Pierre Chavoin introduced this technique approximately 10 years ago and since then it has become very popular all over the world due its effectiveness in correcting the deformity with relatively less invasive surgery compare to some other techniques available to correct Pectus excavatum.

Weekly clinics are held at his private clinic in Truro, Duchy Hospital in Cornwall, Riverside Hospital in London and Harley Street in London. To find out more and book a consultation, please make an appointment with Mr. Ahmad by contacting his secretary via email or ring her on 01872 248325.

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Summary of Treatment

Procedure Time

1 Hour

Hospital Stay

1 Night

Duration of Results

Long Term Results

Cost

From £6,000

Frequently asked questions

ABOUT PECTUS EXCAVATUM & POLAND SYNDROME CORRECTIVE SURGERY

+ What is Pectus Excavatum & Poland Syndrome?

Pectus excavatum and Poland syndrome are conditions that affect the appearance of the thorax and chest area. In both instances the muscle or cartilage malform resulting in a chest wall deformity.

+ What Causes Pectus Excavatum & Poland Syndrome?

Pectus excavatum occurs when the cartilage malforms between the ribs and chest plate. As a result the chest bone is restricted and starts to point inwards, creating a concave appearance to the sternum. Poland syndrome is a rare birth defect characterised by partial or total absence of chest muscle on one side of the body, as well as webbing of the fingers.

+ Are They Genetically Hereditary?

About 37% of all cases of pectus excavatum occur in an individual with a relative who also demonstrates the condition, suggesting it can or may be hereditary. Poland syndrome cases are sporadic and generally occur in individuals where there is no family history of the condition.

+ Will Either Condition Correct Itself?

Mild cases of pectus excavatum can be influenced by strict muscle building exercises which work to increase and influence the strength of the muscles in the thorax area. This approach will never ‘cure’ the condition but it can reduce the extent to which it’s noticeable. Poland syndrome won’t correct itself and due to the distinct lack of muscle in one side of the body, muscle building exercises can actually serve to exacerbate the difference between either side of the body.

+ How Much Does Corrective Surgery Cost?

From £6,500.

CONSULTATION

What Happens At My First Consultation?

Mr Ahmad takes a brief history and assesses your chest and the extent of your condition. All treatment options are discussed in detail and Mr Ahmad gives his suggestions regarding the best options available. Fees and surgery venue are discussed. A second appointment is then scheduled to finalise your treatment.

SURGERY

How Is Corrective Surgery For Pectus Excavatum & Poland Syndrome Performed?

Prior to surgery a CT scan of the chest is performed so that an implant can be made to the exact dimensions of the individual and their condition. During surgery a small incision is made and the implant is inserted under the muscle.

Is Corrective Surgery Painful?

Corrective surgery with AnatomikModeling uses customised implants that adapt perfectly to the patient’s anatomy. It’s less invasive compared to some older, traditional techniques and provides instant results with minimal pain.

How Long Does Surgery Take?

Surgery takes approximately one hour.

How Will I Feel After Treatment?

There will be a degree of discomfort in the area where the implant was inserted. Discomfort is easily controlled with painkillers and a compression garment is worn for 6 weeks. Post-operative bruising is inevitable but settles down in few weeks.

How Long Will I Be In Hospital?

Most commonly individuals will spend one night in hospital.

What Clothes Should I Bring To Wear After The Operation?

A loose button-down shirt is ideal. Avoid clothes that would need pulling on over your head. A compression garment is provided and must be worn for two weeks.

Are There Any Side Effects To The Operation?

The most common side effect is feeling sleepy for a few hours. Sometimes the anaesthetic or morphine make you feel sickly, but usually for a short time only.

You may feel slightly bloated for a few days. This is often due to slight constipation caused by medication. A gentle laxative will help resolve this.

AFTER CARE, RECOVERY & THE FUTURE

Will I Have A Follow Up Appointment?

An outpatient appointment will be made for approximately one week after treatment.

What’s The Recovery Time?

Due to the techniques used, recovery time is generally quick and most individuals will find they are back to their normal routine within 1-2 weeks.

Do I Need To Take Time Off Work After Surgery?

We suggest 2 weeks off from desk job duties and 4 to 6 weeks off from heavy work.

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