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Experiences

Experiences relate to an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone. Together with our testimonials, they highlight the patient experience. The Pectus Clinic prides itself on an honest ethnic approach to managing pectus problems so have included stories and patient experiences which are often quite personal and not always positive. Thank you to the patients and their families who have shared their experiences.

If you would like to share your experience please email your story to experiences@pectusclinic.com

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“Implant treatment helped me to gain my confidence again. I stopped worrying how I looked without shirt on and I can happily do my favourite physical exercises again. I didn't experience any problems during the implant treatment and therefore I would be definitely recommend it to anybody who has pectus chest and wanted to do something about it.”

Maiusz R
May 2018

Maiusz R

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Implants

“Feeling good, recovery was quicker than I thought it would be, very happy with results.”

Anonymous
July 2018

Anonymous

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Implants

“Operation went fantastic and quickly, first few days was painful but gets better very fast. With help and training walking around got easier with restrictions. With time sleeping it's far better without pain. I can't describe how happy I feel and look at it's completely changed my life. I highly recommend this procedure, amazing surgeon, amazing team, amazing care team”

Harry L
March 2019

Harry L

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“I found it a lot easier that I was in an adult ward rather than a kids ward so maybe wait until then. Overall I am very happy with the results [Nuss procedure] and I'm much more confident.”

Aaron B
March 2019

Aaron B

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“I found Dr Hunt to be incredibly helpful, reassuring, clear and knowledgeable about my condition. I have been discussing my pectus excavatum with various doctors and specialists for the last ten years and I've never felt that I have been listened to and understood by the doctor in the way that Dr Hunt has listened to and understood my situation. Dr Hunt was very clear about process about treatment options and I'm grateful to have spoken to such a knowledgeable and reassuring specialist.”

Adam C
May 2019

Adam C

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“Whole process very easy to get through. Mr Hunt very supportive in all stages of the process from consultation through to recovery. Happy to have had surgery done [Nuss], have has made a big difference both visually and physically.”

Charles D
August 2019

Charles D

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“At the beginning it was quite hard and uncomfortable but after the first week or so it became much easier and it was just normal after the first week or two.”

Anonymous
December 2020

Anonymous

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“Quite a pain, especially at the beginning but the result is worth it!”

Oliver S
January 2021

Oliver S

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“Both of my sons have received treatment for pectus. From the initial contact the service has been very smooth, informative and reassuring. Mr. Hunt was very clear about the treatment plan and both my sons have managed it without too many problems. The difference the brace has made in a short space of time is amazing. Due to the severity of one of my sons pectus he is on the different schedule but this means it's personal and the right journey for each client. We would recommend this to anyone without practise condition.”

Mrs Jones
June 2021

Mrs Jones

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“I think that it has improved but I need to get better at doing the exercises.”

Leo F
November 2021

Leo F

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“It was less painful than originally imagined. The first night made the bracing seem impossible but you very quickly become used to the sleeping arrangements. It has had little effect on my social aspects which was better than I originally thought. The device itself is much more comfortable than I thought and the tighter the more comfortable for me.”

Alex T
February 2022

Alex T

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“On the 6th of June 2018, I underwent my NUS pectus surgery to correct my pectus excavatum. It was a surgery I had wanted for the past two years and for it to finally happen felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my chest, literally. In the lead up to the surgery, my mum had found Mr Ian Hunt. I had met with him a number of times to discuss the possible options available for me and how the procedure would affect me. I was almost immediately set on the NUS procedure as it seemed to perfectly fit with my vision for what the surgery would provide, which is a normal appearing chest, and a surgery that was a long-term solution. The option of providing an implant simply didn’t suit my preference. The day of the surgery certainly had me nervous, being my first major surgery, but I was also extremely eager to see the result of it, as Mr Hunt as told me the result would be instantly visible. The lead up to the surgery was made more calming and easier for me than I could have imagined. The whole time I felt very in control of the situation, with multiple options of painkiller and calming biotics being provided. Once I awoke, I wasn’t fully aware to the happenings around me due to the morphine but was still greeted by my family and staff. Mr Hunt regularly checked in on my progress and began to ease me back into simple movements. The staff such as the physio and nurses provided excellent around the clock support, which created the perfect environment for recovery. The first few weeks were as painful as Mr Hunt as said, but when looking in the mirror at the result of the surgery, it faded in comparison to the change. I was extremely pleased with the results of the surgery and would recommend Mr Hunt and his Staff to anyone in a similar situation to me.”

Jake O
January 2020 [2 months after a Nuss procedure]

“- Able to return to gym following recovery
- Very confident with chest appearance
- Happy topless in public places (eg pool, beach, etc).”

Jake O
February 2022

Jake O

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“Although uncomfortable and slightly painful at first, wearing the vacuum bell has just become an unnoticeable part of my everyday routine. It has had a positive effect on my chest, improving the appearance of it over a long period of time.”

Hadley Y
March 2022

Hadley Y

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“I feel much more comfortable and confident after my surgery. My breathing feels more stable than before surgery. I find it hard to any lifting since losing all my strength after surgery. Dr Hunt has been amazing surgeon.”

Kiera F
March 2022

Kiera F

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“My chest is now flat, so I'm happy with the result. My only concern is I have lost feeling in my left nipple.”

Marcus M
April 2022

Marcus M

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Implants

“The hardest part of the recovery was dealing with the ‘night sweats’. They lasted for approximately 5 weeks post-surgery, and seemed to stop when I began sleeping on my side.   I was incredibly happy with the results, and I was particularly amazed at the immediate results once the operation had been completed. The deformity was 85% corrected at the time of the operation, which was a fantastic surprise. Mr. Hunt and the the team were incredibly supportive an informative throughout, and the operation was utterly professional from the very start to the end. I am so impressed with the way that I have been treated.”

January 2020 [2 months after a Nuss procedure]

Harry O

“V pleased with result. Just for info, occasionally when I am very tired, I experience pain on either side of my chest which last for a day or so but then goes away. This occurs approximately once every six weeks.”

Harry O
April 2022 [2.5 years since Nuss procedure]

Harry O

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“Huge difference in terms of appearance but more importantly (for me) physical well-being. Feel I can breathe more easily. Less restrictive.”

Lucy W
July 2022

Lucy W

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“- Excellent improvement in seven weeks, gone down 3 centimetres.
- After initial pain with sores, I hardly notice/feel the brace anymore and am Okay to wear it.
- Pleased that I have done it and can definitely notice the difference.”

Archie G
July 2022

Archie G

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“Mr. Hunt has encourage me all the way through the programme. I have just returned from holiday and I was confident in taking my top off. Thank you.”

G Bailey
August 2022

G Bailey

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Rib flare
  • Bracing

“Feel much better since operation with being able to breathe. Since operation my stamina has improved a lot which has helped me with my sports.”

Joseph M
August 2022

Joseph M

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery
  • Physical Therapy

“So I was very unhappy with my chest before surgery. I felt as though it was constant burden on my social and sport life and now two weeks after surgery I feel great. My chest is now how I desired before my surgery and despite their struggle post surgery. I would say it's completely worth it and has affected my life in the future for the better. August 2018 [2 months after a Nuss procedure]”

August 2018 [2 months after a Nuss procedure]

Harvey G

“So I was very unhappy with my chest before surgery. I felt as though it was constant burden on my social and sport life and now two weeks after surgery I feel great. My chest is now how I desired before my surgery and despite their struggle post surgery. I would say it's completely worth it and has affected my life in the future for the better. August 2018 [2 months after a Nuss procedure]”

Harvey G
August 2022 [4 week after Nuss bar removed]

Harvey G

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“It was quite uncomfortable at the beginning but easy to get used to. I saw change very quickly which I am very happy.”

Amelie L
September 2022

Amelie L

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“It's been good. I feel better about my chest shape, and I am not self-conscious of my chest anymore. I was less comfortable about the appearance of my chest before VB therapy.”

Ben M
September 2022

Ben M

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“The experience has overall been brilliant as my chest has become much flatter since starting with little to no impact on to my life.”

Anton C
September 2022

Anton C

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing

“It's been very positive! My chest has notably and obviously improved. The actual wearing bit isn't uncomfortable and it actually feels good to wear because I know the chest is improving and I enjoy seeing the flexibility of my chest and how it lifts. I have since become much happier not wearing a shirt in public! Additionally my actual experience and interactions with Mr. Hunt has been informative helpful and enjoyable. Cheers.”

Michael M
September 2022

Michael M

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“It's easy to use doesn't require much thought. That being said you need to be consistent. It initially caused slight discomfort for the first few weeks but overtime it improves. I was able to wear it whilst asleep and it didn't impede my sleep schedule whatsoever. Very easy to use with very good results!"

Ezra C
October 2022

Ezra C

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“Bracing programme hasn't been as bad as I thought however, I find the exercise is hard to be motivated to do.”

Jack N
October 2022

Jack N

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Bracing
  • Physical Therapy

“Pain wasn’t as bad as I expected [6 weeks after modified Ravitch] but it was uncomfortable at first and after a while it went away and I can breathe easier.”

Thomas R
October 2022

Thomas R

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“It started out to hurt on the first few days I started to wear it, but over the weeks and months I started to not realise I had it on as it did not hurt at all.”

Michael P
October 2022

Michael P

  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Corrective Surgery

“The vacuum bell has exceeded both mine and my family's expectations. It doesn't cause any implications at all. As the time goes on it gets a lot easier to wear.”

Adam B
November 2022

Adam B

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Vacuum Bell Therapy

“While it is only five weeks since surgery [modified Ravitch] and I'm still in recovery to some extent, I can already see fantastic improvements in my breathing and chest shape. Absolutely delighted with the outcome.”

Hugo T
November 2022

Hugo T

  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Corrective Surgery