Pectus Excavatum Treatment – Vacuum Bell
How does the Vacuum Bell work?
The device is placed on the front of the chest. Squeezing the pump to sucks the air out of the device. This creates suction, or a vacuum, that pulls the chest and breastbone forward. Over time using the Vacuum Bell, the chest wall and breastbone stay forward on their own and hold a new shape.
How safe is it?
It is completely safe and medically tested. Vacuum Bells are used by doctors for patients with Pectus Excavatum around the world. You can read about the academic study here: https://academic.oup.com/ejcts/article/29/4/557/478894 or you can read more about Pectus Excavatum.
What age is it suitable for and will it fit my chest?
It is a one size fits all for ages 8 above and is 15cm in width.
Where can I purchase a Vacuum Bell?
You can purchase them on our site.
How many pumps should I give the squeeze ball?
Enough to feel your sternum rising but not so much that it is uncomfortable. Three full pumps should be sufficient.
How many hours a day should I apply the Vacuum Bell?
1-2 hours a day is a good amount to see a result. After about a month or two of use. The result will be permanent.
Will I see a difference in my chest immediately?
After taking off your vacuum bell you will see your sternum has raised.
Can I continue activities while wearing it?
Yes, simply pull your shirt over the Vacuum Bell. Exercise is not recommended whilst wearing it.
Can I fix my Pectus with exercises or a Chiropractor?
Because the sternum is sunken, doing exercises that increase muscle around the pectorals will likely make the hollowness more notable. That is why by bringing the sternum forward with a Vacuum Bell or surgery provides the best result.
Does it work on adults?
Yes – although bones are softer while you are young, the Vacuum Bell will definitely work as an adult.
Does it work on females?
It will not work for women with larger cup sizes.
Is it suitable for Children under 8 years of age?
No - The device is suitable for children above 8 years of age.
Where can I read more about it?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery https://www.jpedsurg.org/article/S0022-3468(18)30629-8/pdf