Thoracic Surgeon Assoc. Dr. Bayram Metin made important statements about deformities in the chest area. Saying that chest wall deformities are divided into 4 main categories, Metin said, “The first one is known as ‘shoemaker’s chest’ and is an inward depression in the chest wall (Pectus Excavatum), the other is the ‘pigeon chest’, which is the outward protruding shape of the chest wall (Pectus chest). Carinatum), the third is the absence of one side of the breast tissue, which we call Polant’s syndrome, the absence of underlying muscle tissues and anomaly with attached finger-rib anemia, and the fourth is the problems that occur in the faith board, which we call the sternum. “We used to perform surgery. Later on, closed surgery methods (Nuss and Abramson) and surgical methods developed. With the developing technology in recent years, we started to treat these patients without surgery, especially with vacuum waist, orthosis and corset methods.” said.


Stating that they use medical products for patients younger than 16 years old, Chest Surgeon Bayram Metin said, “When we apply surgical treatment, the average hospital stay is 5 days, and the recovery takes 1 month from the time they leave the hospital. There is no pain in the technological orthotic device and vacuum. We wear technological devices. When we call them after 6 weeks, they heal 90 percent. The important point here is 16 years. Because the cartilage structure between the ribs and the faith board starts to ossify at an advanced age, unfortunately, the chance of success in this treatment decreases. We encourage our patients with these complaints to apply to us before the age of 16, especially with their families. We recommend it,” he said.


Stating that they use medical devices such as vacuum waist, orthosis and corset according to the condition of the chest wall in the treatment of the disease, Doctor Bayram Metin continued his words as follows;

“We use the technological method called vacuum waist, especially in the shoemaker’s chest, in diseases that turn into the chest wall. We use the orthosis method in patients with what we call pigeon chest. We use the corset in the rib protrusion. In some patients, both conditions can coexist. In this, we use vacuum waist and orthosis together. Treatment success can be achieved over 90 percent with these methods. However, it is very important to start treatment early.”


Stating that they know that they are congenital, although there is no clear scientific information about the causes of their diseases, Dr. Bayram Metin said, “There may be different diseases accompanying these diseases. There are patients who come with complaints such as pressure on the heart, shortness of breath and palpitations, especially in the shoemaker’s chest. In the pigeon chest, we look at the heart with a more detailed study. Anomalies such as murmurs and holes in the hearts may coexist. Gender is not a determining factor in the incidence of the disease. It is seen at approximately the same rate in men and women. ” said.

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